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Apple Pay became available to owners of cards Visa in Russia

Payments through Apple Pay become available to Visa cardholders, the materials posted on the website of Apple. First to payment service customers of Alfa-Bank and “Tinkoff Bank”. Further plans of cooperation with credit organizations in Cupertino did not disclose.

So far Apple Pay in Russia was available only to users of MasterCard cards. In early October of 2016 to use the system holders of MasterCard, issued by Sberbank, and in early November, customers of eight banks, including “Tinkoff” and Alfa-Bank and “Yandex.Money.”

For Visa in 2015 accounted for 44.7% of all issued in Russia, payment cards, MasterCard – 49,4%, according to “Vedomosti” with reference to the report of the National system of payment cards (nvqs). According to the Bank, at the end of the first half of 2016, Russia had issued 249 million payment cards. Expanding the circle of partner banks and payment systems are as they are technical readiness, according to the source.

The assessment, which previously led the General Director of Telecom Daily Denis Kuskov, of the Russian cellular networks now was 62-63 million smartphones. iPhone 6, 6s, SE and 7 – up to 5 million, he said. According to the employee of one of the operators at the beginning of October 2016 on the cellular “big three” there were 3.5–5 million such devices.

Data on the number of users of its payment system in Russia, Apple does not disclose. Apple Pay is very relevant – the first thousand users joined it just over half an hour , and a transactional turnover of several million dollars, said Director of products and projects of e-business at Alfa-Bank Tatiana Yarmola.

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Alfa-Bank has completed the service if the customer has lost a card, he can block the card and use the pay with your mobile phone, it is especially important to travelers, for example, she says.

For the first two weeks Apple Pay has connected nearly 53 000 users of MasterCard, the total amount of transactions exceeds RUB 145 million – average transaction value per user was $ 2774 RUB, says Ermolina.

As of October 13, more than 125,000 cards of clients of the savings Bank was attached to Apple Pay, and the turnover of payment services amounted to more than 120 million rubles., previously reported “Kommersant” with reference to its source.

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