You’ve probably heard by now of the announcement that Apple Pay is now fully supported by five more major banks in Singapore. With DBS, POSB, Standard Chartered, OCBC, and UOB now on board the bandwagon, Apple Pay has more or less secured potentially 80% of cardholders eligible to use the service – provided they own an iPhone.
Not sure if you should start using it now? We’ve previously given you five reasons why you should heavily consider this new contactless payment method, and with Singaporeans citing faster transactions and the ability to go cashless as the top two benefits to payment without a card.
Now we have some more compelling reasons to share with you as to why you should start using Apple Pay immediately. With over tens of thousands of locations around Singapore supporting the feature, soon you can leave the house with just your phone!
These are the stores that you are currently able to make your purchases via Apple Pay from, and current promotions the new banks on board are offering:
Supermarkets And Convenience Stores
Grab your early morning paper or a quick snack and drink on the way to the office. You can also do your weekly grocery shopping with the convenience of Apple Pay in your hands, with no more fiddling around for small change when making payment – just tap and go.
You’ll probably have all your bases covered with the stores below. All of them are familiar names in anyone’s neighourhood, so you should be able to use Apple Pay immediately.
Fairprice / FairpriceXtra / FairpriceFinest
Food And Beverage
So you’ve done your groceries, and now you’re hungry and thirsty.
Head on down to these merchants for a drink, or a meal and satiate your appetite. You have places that offer a full meal, but if you just prefer pastries, bread, and coffee to go, you can have that too.
The Coffee Bean
Din Tai Fung
If you are in need of an update to your wardrobe, you’ll be glad to know that there are clothing retailers on board with Apple Pay too. You can look forward to buying your daily wear, or prepare clothing for your next holiday. As tempting as it now is to spend more, remember to exercise moderation on your shopping spree!
Topman / Topshop
Catch A Movie
So you’re still part of Team Tradition and prefer queuing up for your tickets at the box office for the latest movies than trust a website to do your purchase.
It’s alright, you can stay old school but also enjoy the benefits of technology. Use Apple Pay to pay for that movie for two and impress your date. Grab some popcorn and drinks too before heading into the theatre.
Buy Some New Tech Items
How cool would it be if you use Apple Pay to purchase a new Apple product? Time to get that Rose Gold Macbook that you’ve been eyeing ever since it was launched. Maybe some accessories to go with it as well.
Of course, there’s so much more that can be purchased. Monitors, printers, headphones, cameras…the list goes on. Just remember to practice self-control – you wouldn’t want to empty your bank account at the tap of your home button.
Get A New Mobile Phone
The rumour mills are churning about the new iPhone coming out later this ear. When it is officially launched, why not use Apple Pay to re-contract to it? In the meanwhile, get some accessories for your current smartphone.
If you’re paying for a family member whose contracting a new Android phone, why not use Apple Pay too? They may just regret their decision.
Top Up Some Petrol
After all that shopping, you must have done a lot of driving going from store to store. Pump your tank full before heading home, and prepare yourself for another day of using your iPhone to purchase items.
Bank Promotions With Apple Pay
In conjunction with the news, the banks now on board are offering attractive promotions to entice more of their cardholders to try out Apple Pay:
- DBS Bank & POSB: 20% Add your DBS/POSB Visa & MasterCard Credit and Debit Cards to Apple Pay and be rewarded with 20% cashback from now till 24 August 2016.
- UOB: First 10,000 customers paying with a UOB Visa Credit or Debit card using Apple Pay will get S$10 cash rebate
- Standard Chartered: Enjoy 20% CashBack when you pay using your Standard Chartered Card with Apple Pay.
- OCBC: Enjoy 3% rebate on all your purchases made with OCBC Cards using Apple Pay
The future of increased convenience is here, why don’t you try it out later?