Western Union announced in a statement that U.S. mobile app customers can now use Apple Pay when sending money transfers originating in the United States to more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.
According to a press release, the Western Union app with Apple Pay makes transferring money as simple as the touch of a finger with Touch ID, meaning customers don’t need to manually fill out lengthy account forms or repeatedly type in shipping and billing information.
“Today, 60 percent of all digital money transfer transactions globally are initiated via a mobile device,” said Khalid Fellahi, senior vice president and general manager, Western Union Digital Ventures. “By bringing Apple Pay as a payment method in the U.S. — and soon the U.K. — Western Union is delivering an exceptional experience across our mobile platform, allowing our customers to conveniently and reliably move money whenever they please.”
Western Union customers can now send money globally via WU.com (in 37 countries), the Western Union mobile app (in 18 countries — five of these apps offer omnichannel choice with digital or cash pay-in), or multiple banking and digital alliances.
The capability to use Apple Pay should be available for Western Union mobile customers in the U.K. later this year.