“Sberbank” has received a monopoly in Russia to use the Apple Pay service. It is reported RIA Novosti citing a source in the banking market. Since the beginning of November it will connect a number of other large banks, including VTB, Alfa Bank, OTKRITIE, Tinkoff Bank, Raiffeisenbank.
Sberbank announced the exclusive launch of Apple Pay in Russia on Tuesday, 4 October. The service will benefit only the holders of classic cards from Sberbank, for example, it is not a Maestro card. From the 29th of September in Russia is also a competitor to Apple Pay — a system Samsung Pay, which partners at the initial stage were Alfa-Bank, VTB24, MTS, Raiffeisenbank, Bank “Russian Standard” and “Yandex”. Payments are also processed through Mastercard.
Sberbank in agreement with Apple, according to sources in the market, received “exclusive for a month”, so all other banks-partners to launch Apple Pay by the end of this “moratorium” in early November. In a press-service of the savings Bank review yet failed to obtain.
Earlier, the founder of the company “Tinkoff Bank” said that the payment system Apple Pay will support cards credit organizations since the beginning of November 2016. He pointed out that “Sberbank” has become the first partner of Apple because of its dominant position in the market, and also condemned the “Apple” company for the “pettiness”.
“Apple Pay from “Tinkoff Bank” will be in a month. I apologize for the inconvenience. I will not dissemble, if I had the same dominant position in the market, I would have used them too. It is difficult to judge Gref. But condemn the great (yet) Apple. Strangely, and too small for them. Sorry, but we prepare you a lot of buns,” wrote the head of “Tinkoff Bank”.
Before it became known that in December of this year, Apple Pay will support not only MasterCard, but Visa. The second phase of the partner banks, according to sources, will join Apple Pay on November 4.
Note that Apple Pay takes with banks Commission. For debit cards, it is 0.05% of the purchase amount, and credit — 0,12%. The Bank also pays 45 rubles a year for each card connected to Apple Pay.