While it may not mean much to them at the moment, the next time Canadian Apple Pay users are thirsty, they’ll appreciate the fact they can now use the contactless payments solution at BluKey dongle-equipped vending machines.
People can use Apple Pay to fund the PayRange iOS app, which is being supported by members of the Canadian National Vending Alliance, the latter organization said. The app can only be used at machines equipped with a BluKey dongle, although operators can allegedly install the hardware in seconds.
While vending machine support for Apple Pay is rapidly becoming popular in the United States, due to early support from Apple partner Coca-Cola, support for the payments service in other countries has mostly been limited to retailers and restaurants.
The Great White North is still a relatively untapped province for Apple Pay, as the service just kicked off there back in May. However, with all of Canada’s major banks now offering support, merchants are gradually coming on board. And let’s not forget vending machines, eh?