Apple Pay for Transit: Now Accepted in Singapore, NYC Testing Soon, Chicago and Portland to Integrate Fare Cards

Apple Pay ^( is launching or gaining expanded functionality at transit systems in additional cities throughout 2019, starting with Singapore ^( today followed by Chicago, Portland, and New York City later this year.

Apple Pay is now accepted on all forms of public transit that accept Mastercard credit and debit cards in Singapore, including buses and trains, enabling convenient tap-to-pay functionality with an iPhone or Apple Watch ^( Singapore’s transit agency expects to add support for Visa cards ^( in the second half of 2019.

New York City will pilot Apple Pay on a couple of lines this spring and then roll out the functionality to additional lines throughout the rest of the year, according to TechCrunch ^(‘s Matthew Panzarino. The MTA appears to already be in the process of installing contactless card readers at turnstiles, with a test phase “coming soon.”

Chicago’s and Portland’s transit systems already accept Apple Pay, but CTA and TriMet riders will be able to add their preloaded Ventra and Hop fare cards to the Wallet app later this year and take advantage of pre-tax commuter benefits, according to the Chicago Tribune ^( and the Willamette Week ^(

The payment process is similar to using Apple Pay in stores. Depending on the iPhone, that means double-pressing the home button or side button, authenticating with Touch ID ^( or Face ID, and holding the iPhone near the card reader. Apple Watch payments are also activated by double-pressing the side button.

The blog Ata Distance suggests ^( that Ventra and Hop cards will support Express Transit ^(, meaning that riders won’t need to authenticate with Face ID, Touch ID, or a passcode, and won’t need to wake or unlock their device, to pay. Express Transit is currently limited to transit systems in China and Japan.

Singapore and New York City would join a handful of cities with transit systems that already support Apple Pay, including Chicago and Portland as mentioned, Beijing, Shanghai, London, Tokyo, Moscow, and Vancouver, Canada.

(Thanks, Chris!)

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Verizon kicks off its 5G service in Chicago and Minneapolis, starts sells of 5G Moto Mod

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Verizon announced this morning ^( that it is turning on its 5G ultra wideband service in Chicago and Minneapolis. Customers in these two cities should see download speeds of up to 1 Gbps, but only once they upgrade to a 5G smartphone ^(

As expected, Verizon’s 5G service will be heavily concentrated in the two launch cities. In Chicago, the service is available throughout the West Loop and the South Loop in addition to the Verizon store on The Magnificent Mile and throughout The Gold Coast, Old Town, and River North.

Minneapolis customers will have access to the 5G network in the Downtown area, around the U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis Convention Center, the Minneapolis Central Library, the Mill City Museum, Target Center and First Avenue venues, The Commons, areas of Elliot Park, and in the Verizon store in The Mall of America.

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Verizon has previously stated that it plans to roll out its 5G network to 19 cities across the U.S. As this expansion happens, the carrier will likely increase the availability of its network throughout Chicago and Minneapolis.

Verizon customers with any unlimited plan, including Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited, or Above Unlimited plan can hop onto the 5G network for free for the first three months. After that, the carrier will charge an additional $10 on top of your normal monthly bill. 

5G Moto Mod available today

As a part of this announcement, Verizon has kicked off sales of the 5G Moto Mod. The add-on accessory retails for $349.99 but is currently on sale for $199.99. 

Verizon does require that customers have a Moto Z3 on their account before they will sell them the 5G Moto Mod. If you don’t have the handset already, you can pick it up for $10 a month for 24 months. 

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