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Walmart Pay’s Lightning-Fast Rollout To 19 New States

If you think you’re reading the same story twice, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. On June 30, Walmart announced expansion into Arizona, California, New Mexico, Washington and Idaho. Over the holiday weekend the retail giant decided it could add to that list a little bit.

Thus, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont all officially got invited to the party. All in, 19 new states joined up over the last few days, and Walmart Pay is now available at nearly 5,000 stores in 37 states, and a nationwide rollout is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

Carriers of Android or iOS phones use Walmart Pay with just about any credit, debit, prepaid or gift card. The system uses a QR code-based checkout process that involves using app, Walmart Pay (in app) and using the phone’s camera to scan the code at the register.  An electronic receipt is automatically sent to the app.

Walmart is not taking Apple Pay (or Android Pay), but SVP of Services Daniel Eckert said that Walmart Pay allows “for integration of other mobile wallets in the future.”

There’s no specific date for when that future begins.

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