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Apple Pay will be available to Canadian users by November

The iOS based mobile payments system will be making the leap north from the United States this year.

According to recent reports in the Wall Street Journal, Apple Pay is preparing to launch in a new market before the end of 2015, as it gets itself ready to step north into Canada for a November roll out.

The mobile payments service is already available in the United States, but it has yet to head anywhere else.

iOS device users in other countries may have been waiting to be able to use Apple Pay, but since it was first launched in October 2014, it has been available exclusively in the United States. Now, it looks as though it will become available in other countries, or at least one more, as it will be opening up in Canada this year. Six of the major banks in Canada have been reported to be in talks with Apple with regards to its wireless, contactless mobile payments system.

Despite the fact that Apple Pay is associated with higher fees, it does look as though Canadian banks are ready to support it.

apple pay iphone mobile paymentsThe banks with which Apple has been discussing its mobile payments include: TD Canada Trust, Scotiabank, CIBC, the Royal Bank of Canada, the Bank of Montreal, and the National Bank of Canada. These are some extremely influential institutions over the Canadian marketplace, when it is taken into account that they make up more than 90 percent of all bank accounts in the country.

These banks have indicated that they are prepared to support the smartphone based payments services from Apple, regardless of the fact that there have been some serious concerns expressed about higher fees and even some security problems.

The country is virtually ready, already, with the technology and infrastructure that would be required or the implementation of Apple Pay, as a vast number of the country’s businesses and retailers have already implemented the type of contactless terminals that would be needed to make the service work for iPhone (and Apple Watch) users. The country was among the first to broadly adopt chip-and-PIN tech as well as credit card NFC technology based tap-and-pay terminals.

Mobile payments company nTrust aims to dominate the Canadian market

Lack of Apple Pay leads to new opportunities in Canada’s mobile payments space

Apple Pay has generated a great deal of interest in mobile payments, but it is not yet available outside of the United States. In Canada, the demand for mobile payment service is on the rise, and nTrust is willing to accommodate this demand and capitalize on the absence of Apple Pay in the country. The company intends to provide consumers with more than a mobile wallet platform, however, as its service will be considered an “all inclusive shop” where funds are transferred through a closed loop ecosystem.

Mobile wallets are becoming more important to consumers

Mobile wallets are quite useful to consumers, as they can store a wide range of information, such as financial details and information from retailers. These platforms can also facilitate mobile payments, which have become more popular with consumers that are relying more heavily on their smartphones. The service that nTrust aims to provide will allow users to create virtual representations of t heir payment cards in a process that is similar to tokenization, allowing them to make secure transactions.

20 new merchants sign up with ntrust

Mobile Payments - Canadian MarketThe company recently added 20 new merchants to its service, which will accept mobile transactions from those using the platform. These organizations have shown more interest in mobile payments as it represents a way to engage consumers in a more dynamic fashion. It is also seen as more convenient than conventional payment solutions, as consumers only need to use their smartphones to make a purchase rather than swiping a payment card or handling cash.

Secure mobile payment platform could be a success among Canadian consumers

The mobile payments market is quite crowded, with plenty of competition to go around. If nTrust wants to compete in this sector, it will have to find ways to convince consumers that it offers a secure and highly efficient experience. This experience must also be enjoyable for consumers, as lack of enjoyment with mobile payments platforms has lead to many services being abandoned by those that had used them in the past.