The European Union demands from Apple to allow paying with iPhone not only with Apple Pay

Not so long ago, all Russians were deprived of the opportunity to use Apple Pay. First, Visa and Mastercard completely stopped working in Russia, then Apple terminated the contract with the National Payment Card System (NSPK), after which payment with Mir cards stopped working. The Russians have already filed a lawsuit demanding compensation for Apple Pay, when suddenly information appeared that the European Union was also not satisfied with the way Apple Pay works. According to the source, the EU is preparing to file charges against Apple in the near future due to restricting third-party access to NFC technology and Apple Pay, respectively.

The European Union plans to accuse Apple of restricting access to NFC in the iPhone.

Court against Apple

Just yesterday Financial Times reported interesting news: the European Union is preparing to file charges against Apple in violation of antitrust laws due to Restrict third party access to Apple Pay. This publication was immediately reported by 4 different sources directly familiar with the issue.

According to the statement of the edition, in the European Union consider that Apple breaks the law in the field of fight against monopolies. The charge stems from the fact that Apple restricts access to NFC technology, thanks to which you and I use Apple Pay. After all, no company can afford contactless payments using a third-party app.

Imagine if it were possible to pay for purchases using Mir Pay directly.

Although it is not possible to use NFC in applications, it is possible to pay for purchases on the Internet using third-party services. A vivid example of this is SberPay. Not so long ago AppleInsider.ru author Ivan Kuznetsov already told you how to use SberPay on iPhoneI recommend you take a look.

I must say that the case about the restriction of NFC in the iPhone is not new. The EU first filed charges against Apple back in 2020, but it is not moving as fast as we would like. Apple, in turn, defends itself by saying that allowing NFC to be used in third-party applications would seriously undermine the privacy and security of users, which is directly contrary to company policy.

If the court satisfies the claim of the European Union, Apple will face a serious fine.

The amount of the fine that they want to request in the European Union is not disclosed, but it is reported that it will be about 10% of the world turnover. In 2020, the Cupertino-based company’s revenue was about $274.5 billion. If you roughly estimate 10% of this amount, then the fine comes out to about $27 billion. Agree, the amount is impressive?

It is expected that the charges will be filed as early as next week – from May 2 to May 8. The European Union, like Apple itself, declined to comment on this matter.

Analogue of Apple Pay on the iPhone

Agree, lately we have become so accustomed to pay for purchases using iPhonewhich already happens and you don’t remember the last time you took cash with you or used a card. After disabling Apple Pay in Russia payment became impossible. No, there is an option to be smart and attach the card to the iPhone, but many do not like this arrangement, and they switch to some Samsung or Huawei.

Samsung Pay, for example, still works in Russia without problems. But that’s not the case with Apple.

On Android smartphones, for example, it has long been possible to change the default payment method. Instead of branded Google Pay in Russia, you can install SberPay, Mir Pay and Samsung Pay. The last one, by the way accepts payments by Mir cards and to this day. Abroad also has its own services – PayPal and Venmo, which would like to have their own for a long time. analog of Apple Pay.

If the European Union wins this case, then Russian users can also benefit from it. Logically, then Apple Pay will returnthough slightly modified, but still!

Accusations of non-compliance with antitrust laws are raining down on Apple from literally everywhere: not so long ago, Spotify sued the Cupertinos, accusing the latter of not allowing third-party music services to develop properly. Firstly, Spotify is always lower than Apple Music in the App Store search results, and secondly, the Swedes must pay a 30% commission, which means that third-party streaming will always cost more than the original Apple one.

Add to this the legal proceedings with Epic Games, which dragged on for several years. Do you think there will be alternative app stores on the iPhone? Will we be able to pay for purchases through SberPay at terminals? Give Feedback in our Telegram chat or in the comments below the post.


Source: AppleInsider.ru — крупнейший сайт о iPhone, iPad, Mac в России by appleinsider.ru.

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