The official launch soon.
The Russian system of contactless payment Pay Mir will be officially launched in the first quarter of 2019. The Russian equivalent of Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay will initially be available only to users of Android smartphones. This was announced by the head of the National payment card system Vladimir Komlev.
According to Komleva, Mir Pay will be available for the Russians “in the beginning of 2019”. He noted that the current payment system is the last mass testing, which is attended by various Russian banks. In addition, several banks are in the process of certification — they will also work with Mir Pay after its launch.
At the time of its launch Mir Pay will only support Android devices. When Mir Pay will work with iPhone is not reported. Also, the creators of the Mir Pay are in active negotiations with Google for cooperation with the payment system Google Pay. The aim of the Russian authorities is to implement support for Google Pay on the cards “the World”. However, the wait is only in 2019-2020.