Barclaycard opens up for Apple Pay

barclaycard_apple payBarclaycard and Barclays customers can now use Apple Pay, to pay at the hundreds of thousands of locations across the UK that accept contactless payments.

The introduction of Apple Pay for Barclaycard and Barclays customers gives millions more UK consumers the ability to conveniently make payments using iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad at over 400,000 contactless locations in the UK, across the London transport network as well as when shopping within participating retailers’ apps. Apple Pay is easy to set up and users can now add their Barclays debit card and Barclaycard credit card to Wallet and continue to receive all of the usual rewards and benefits.

Ashok Vaswani, CEO of Barclays UK, said, “We are passionate about helping customers access services and carry out their day to day transactions in the way that suits them. As part of this, we have developed a range of digital innovations that allow people to choose how, when and where they bank and make payments. Adding to the existing choice, from today both Barclays debit and Barclaycard credit card customers can use Apple Pay to make payments with their Apple device across the UK.”

Barclaycard introduced the first contactless credit cards in the UK in 2007 and Barclays was the first bank to roll-out contactless debit cards to its customers. Contactless payments have seen huge growth since then as consumers have recognised the ease, speed and convenience they offer. Spending rose more than three-fold in 2015, with 140 million contactless transactions made in December alone – the equivalent of 52 every second.

Today’s rollout means that Barclays and Barclaycard offer the widest range of payment innovations designed to give their customers unrivalled choice of paying for everyday goods and services, and sending and receiving money in a way that’s most convenient for them.

Amer Sajed, Interim CEO of Barclaycard, commented, “Since we introduced contactless to the UK in 2007, it’s changed the way consumers make everyday purchases by cutting out the hassle of handling cash. With Barclaycard and Barclays bringing Apple Pay to our customers, we can now offer the widest choice of ways to make and take payments in a way that’s most convenient for them.”

In stores, Apple Pay works with iPhone SE, iPhone 6 and later, and Apple Watch and when paying for goods and services within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with iPhone SE, iPhone 6 and later, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro.

Even though Barclays has now officially signed on with Apple, it is not yet clear if that support will extend to Android Pay. Current reports are that Barclays will continue to hold off on Android and instead keep its focus on its own Barclaycard app, which comes pre-loaded with both NFC and HCE support.

You can also hear what Barclaycard’s Tami Hargreaves (Director of Digital Consumer Payments, Barclaycard) has to say on the subject at the Contactless Intelligence Conference later this month. We still have a few spaces available so please follow this link and register for your ticket.

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