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Apple accuses Australian banks of seeking a free ride in Apple Pay battle

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Apple Pay may not come to Australia as four of country's largest banks are fighting with Apple over access to NFC technology.

The battle down under over Apple Pay is raging on and it looks like Apple is ready to fight to the death.

In its latest submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ACCC , the Cupertino, California-based tech giant claims that a group of Australia s largest banks is looking to delay or even block the expansion of Apple Pay at the expense of customers and other card issuers who might be able to use Apple s technology as a means of securing a digital presence in competition with the big banks.

For months, Apple has been arguing against the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank, Westpac Banking Corporation, and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank over whether or not these large banks can access the near field communication NFC antenna.

In essence, these banks want to place their own digital wallets on iOS, for which they would need to use the iPhone s NFC antenna.

Apple, however, is saying no.

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