German Sparkasse restart Apple Pay initiative

At the end of 2018, Apple Pay started in Germany and German Sparkasse had to take a lot of criticism for not offering the mobile payment service.

Sparkasse offers already mobile payment option to their customers using own payment app. Sparkasse decided to start its own solution (without Apple Pay) because Apple makes access to the NFC chip compared to Google Pay very difficult.
However, according to Handelsblatt, the introduction of Apple Pay in parallel to their own offering is currently being examined.

“Sparkassen and Landesbanken in Germany are constantly working on improving their payment solutions for their customers. In this context, we have very positive discussions with Apple to find out how we can introduce Apple Pay to all our customers”

German Sparkasse and Giro Association spokesman says

The technical architecture behind Apple Pay offers consumers a secure and reliable solution “which is of interest to our customers,” the DSGV spokesman continues.

Apple Pay is available in Germany since December 2018 and made a surprisingly a really good start.

Sparkasse has not only accepted the criticism but also see the success that Apple Pay currently achieves.
However, it’s still open, when Sparkasse customers can actually start using Apple Pay.