Apple Pay users will soon be able to link Mir cards to their mobile wallets. So far, support for such Russian cards, which are issued to state employees and are actively used in Crimea, is available only on Android smartphones via Samsung Pay and Mir Pay.
As the resource RBC reports with reference to its sources and a bulletin sent out to credit institutions, the national payment system “Mir” will provide banks with the opportunity to add its cards to the non-cash payment service with a smartphone Apple Pay on April 27.
“The Mir payment system continues to develop its mobile payments platform. … Issuers (banks that issue cards) will be able to provide holders with the opportunity to tokenize PS cards “Mir” on Apple devices to perform tokenized transactions using the Apple service Pay“, – the document says.
However, when a specific card can be linked to an Apple wallet will depend on the bank participating in the Mir payment system. They themselves will be able to bind the cards to the Apple wallet, focusing on the terms that are comfortable for themselves – there are no strict requirements on this score. Gazprombank and VTB told reporters that they would implement the Apple Pay functionality using Mir cards immediately after such an opportunity appeared. Promsvyazbank confirmed work in this direction, but did not speak more definitely about the timing.
The head of the board of the National Payment Council, Alma Obaeva, believes that the lack of the ability to add Mir cards to Apple Pay has made this payment system uncompetitive compared to Visa or Mastercard. And the emergence of a corresponding opportunity should lead to an increase in active users of Mir, who pay for goods directly from their cards.
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