Apple Pay was unveiled over a year ago alongside iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. While the spread of the service has been slow due to the fact that not so many retailers support NFC payments, it has gradually been taking off in the recent past.
While the spread of the service has been slow due to the fact that not so many retailers support NFC payments, it has gradually been taking off in the recent past.
The company has recently unveiled the service in China and Australia and it is growing its coverage to many other parts of the world as well. With mobile payments becoming a common thing almost everywhere, including in commuter buses and trains, gas stations are not being left behind.
ExxonMobil has joined Chevron in offering its customers with Apple Pay services at their gas stations across the country. The oil and gas company has more than 6,000 stations across the entire country and on Tuesday, it revealed that most, if not all, will be fixed with hardware necessary to support this mobile payment system.
A big win for Apple
Apple’s Apple Pay is not the only mobile payment system currently trying to reach out to the biggest masses possible. There is Google’s Android Pay and Samsung’s Samsung Pay, all of which are doing quite well in the market, despite being late entrants as compared to Apple’s mobile payment service.
Now that another major company has endorsed the use of Apple Pay at its stations, it represents a major hurdle for Cupertino as it looks for ways to fight the tough competition being offered by Samsung and Google.
With Apple Pay, you will only need to wave your iPhone in front of an NFC-enabled wireless reader, thus easing the process of checking out since there is no need to get your wallet to make a payment or even swipe your card. But remember, the mobile payment system still relies on information contained on your debit or credit card. When this information is tied to the mobile wallet, it means you can make any purchase or payment anywhere it is supported with no need of using your physical credit or debit card.
There is a catch
Usually, Apple Pay only involves tap and pay actions where users only need to tap on the iPhone to a terminal in order to make the payment. However, ExxonMobil is making things a little bit unique, adding the Apple Pay option under the Speedpass+ payments app. The app will be able to tell the ExxonMobil station one is in and even let them pick the pump number they’d wish to use.
When in the station, drivers have the option to choose which type of gas they want to use, just as usual. Finally, the application will then ask them to make the payment via Apple Pay, which requires authentication through Apple’s Touch ID. Other than paying for gas, the app can also be selected when making car wash payments.