Discover announced today that it’s made a deal with Apple to join the other three big card companies already offering support for the company’s new payments service, Apple Pay. That means that starting this fall, Discover cardholders will finally be able to add their cards to the service and make contactless, NFC-based payments using iPhone and Apple Watch, as well as make payments within apps supporting the platform on all iOS devices.
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Discover credit cardmembers will still receive all of their current benefits, including Cashback Bonus® and the new Freeze It® security tool that allows them to stop any new purchases, cash advances and balance transfers when they temporarily misplace their cards… As part of the agreement, Discover Network will enable eligible financial institutions, including Discover Debit issuers, to let their card holders use Apple Pay.
Discover will join other card issuers— Visa, Mastercard and American Express— already offering Apple Pay support through a number of bank and credit union partners across the US. The Apple Pay expansion to include Discover cards this fall follows a recent report that Apple is in talks to take the service international starting with Canada later this year.
Most recently, Apple added another 30 new banks and credit unions to its list of institutions supporting Apple Pay bringing the total to over 200 across the country. The banks and credit unions on the list all offer varying levels of support and in some cases on certain card types for certain customers.