First of all, there is quite a bit of disinformation in this topic,
I will attempt to remove this.
bunq Maestro does not work online, this is correct, bunq does not bunq this in other bunq countries either. Apple and Google do not support Maestro and V-Pay online at all, not even in countries where the two -Pay services are already active, and historical payments were made online with Maestro.
Now a piece of history:
The internet was on the rise, web shops were created, but there was a problem in Europe, where the credit card had not had such a foothold as in America. So unlike in America, where a process was quickly developed by the banks and the 2 major card giants to make online shopping with the existing payment cards (credit cards) possible, they had to come up with something in Europe themselves to do the online shopping. support.
The banks here (in the EU) therefore started the development of all sorts of payment solutions in the period from the mid-90s to the late 90s - early '00s, initially intended to introduce the Visa and and especially MasterCard card giants. Keeping Europe out as much as possible when it comes to retail, including online, so that retailers in particular are not burdened with high credit card fees.
Every bank and every country is pretty much the same, in most European countries that development ran parallel to the abolition or integration of its own payment card system / network, eg PIN in the Netherlands, Carte-Bancaire in France, Swisscard in Switzerland, Dankort in Denmark, Bancontact in Belgium and Girocard in Germany to name a few, in favor, in other words Maestro. (V-Pay only followed after a few years)
A number of banks in Europe in countries such as Belgium & Germany (only a few banks), but especially those in France, Italy, Spain and Great Britain, in contrast to their counterparts in countries such as Sweden and the Netherlands, sought cooperation with MasterCard for Maestro In order to transform and also make it suitable for online payments in those countries, Maestro has become established as an online payment method for the rise of other payment methods. In those countries where it was customary, the historic Maestro network is present to handle online payments, but only for existing parties, new entrants can no longer be connected to it.
Then to the situation in the Netherlands, the banks did not have to know anything about paying with debit cards online at the time, so they worked fairly quickly in a unique collaboration of the largest banks behind the scenes on the well-known iDEAL, which was said to be 'first to market'. as a universal solution for all banks. Again to keep Visa and MasterCard out of the door when it comes to the online payment process.
Then to those countries that initially worked with MasterCard to position Maestro as an online payment option, they also did not stand still and saw the development of especially iDEAL in the Netherlands and 'Klarna Betalning' in the Scandinavian countries (their version of 'iDEAL ') with sad eyes and thought, that is what we want, again just to make no costs for the use of the Maestro network for online payments.
Thanks to this effort, in particular from banks in German-speaking countries and other countries in and around the Alps, Sofortüberweisung, for example, has emerged, which is one of the most used payment methods there today, so that's what you guessed it Maestro almost completely repressed with online payments.
In Belgium, parallel to the development of SOFORT , Bancontact was introduced as an online payment method, partly still using the old Bancontact card network / system.
Then to today's situation, in most countries Maestro defacto is only used as a local card scheme, so the first bank card you get from your bank is by definition Maestro. In most countries, and certainly also in the Netherlands, the infrastructure for Maestro online as a whole is also missing, and this unfortunately means that bunq cannot offer it in countries that historically used Maestro online.
A pity, but unfortunately, in recent years we have seen that banks in the EU are gradually switching from maestro to Mastercard Debit. (or Visa Debit). So the conclusion, this is actually a non-issue. there are plenty of other online payment options without having to go back to historical and outdated networks, brands and methods that are not even available to new players such as bunq .