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Review: Using Apple Pay at Redbox

We were one of the first outlets to report that Redbox was getting Apple Pay support at its kiosks. 

Now the time has finally come for me to try it out. I just moved to a new location a few days ago and have been without internet and Wi-Fi in my new apartment because the service where I’m at has been booked for over a week. 

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I guess this is what I get for living in the capital of Iowa. 

Still, having a recent move and no Wi-Fi in my apartment has given me plenty of free time on my hands and that is where Redbox came in handy for me this past Tuesday night, January 5. 

I found a Redbox kiosk at a gas station near me that had a movie that I had been looking to initially rent on iTunes and watch through my Apple TV. However, since that is not an option right now, I instead rented it through this Redbox kiosk.

I did use Apple Pay at the checkout because of the fact that I was looking to see how it all worked. Once the kiosk asked me to tap my device, I used my Apple Watch Series 5 to make the payment. Just like that, I had my DVD coming out of the slot and ready for me to watch. 

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The only thing that I wish I could have done was get a Blu-ray disc of the movie I watched because it would have looked better on my screen when I watched it on my PlayStation 3, which does work as a Blu-ray player. 

Other than that, Apple Pay at Redbox is fairly simple to use and it is something that I do plan to use again if I need to, which is why I am giving it 3/4 stars. It might even replace me going to iTunes to rent movies simply because renting DVDs from Redbox is much cheaper than using iTunes or the Apple TV app. 

Rating: 3/4 stars

What are your thoughts on using Apple Pay at Redbox? Have you ever used it before? Let us know on Twitter at @appleosophy

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