Best Buy confirmed with Quartz late last week that it has begun testing its checkout systems for NFC compatibility, opening the door for contactless payments like Apple Pay and Android Pay to be accepted in store.
Both payments systems are expected to roll out in stores of the twelfth largest retailer later this year.
The timing is no surprise as Best Buy’s contract with MCX reportedly ended at the end of August.
Despite it being one of the founding members of MCX, the retailer consortium behind the CurrentC Wallet, Best Buy has made no secret of its plans to jump ship to Apple Pay as soon as it was contractually free to do so.
Unfortunately, ongoing delays in a widespread launch of MCX’s CurrentC Wallet has caused many former consortium members to change their minds when it comes to Apple Pay.
The MCX consortium, led by retailing giant Walmart, has been in the midst of pilot trials of CurrentC but has yet to make any real strides beyond beta tests of the technology, even three years after MCX’s formation.
Late last year, CurrentC had been laid a bit bare in terms of strategy. The new mobile payments network would be available in app form, for both Apple and Android, driven by more than 110,000 merchant locations slated to be part of the fully deployed network.
While Best Buy has been accepting Apple Pay in its mobile app since April, MacRumors reported last week customers in separate Best Buy stores in California were able to make successful purchases using both Apple Pay and Android Pay.