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June 9, 2015

Apple Pay signs up UK banks but Barclays hanging back

Banks2Barclays is the only major UK bank missing from the launch of Apple Pay in the UK.

From next month, users with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watch in the UK will be able to use the NFC mobile payments chip inside their iPhone’s to use Apple Pay.

Apple announced yesterday a host of partners already signed up, including:

  • American Express
  • First Direct
  • HSBC
  • Nationwide
  • NatWest
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Santander
  • Ulster Bank

Of the ‘big four’ British banks Barclays has not yet signed up. Barclays’ Twitter support has come under fire from customers and has issued the following statement, which shows that all hope is not lost for Apple Pay for iPhone users who bank with Barclays.

Thanks for your tweets this evening. We can assure you that we’ve been talking with Apple about how our customers could use Apple Pay in addition to our existing mobile and payment services, and that these talks remain constructive.

Barclays is effectively saying that negotiations and talks are still in progress. Barclays have already invested heavily in its own mobile payment system, Barclays Pingit. Pingit, rather than using NFC, works on the premise where you can send and receive cash by using just a mobile phone number to identify the other person. It is likely that Barclays will announce support soon as overall support for Apple Pay from other UK banks is strong, and of course many customers who have  iPhone’s will want to access the service.

Apple Pay in the UK will launch with over 250,000 merchants.

Apple Pay will also become integrated into the new Wallet app.

The following have announced they will support Apple Pay, but are ‘coming soon’ which likely means they will miss the July launch date. At the keynote, Apple says the following banks will be onboard by the autumn.

  • Bank of Scotland
  • Halifax
  • Lloyds
  • M&S Bank
  • mbna
  • TSB

Expect more banks, supermarkets like, Tesco’s, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Waitrose and Morrisons, with other high st retail stores and merchant partners to be announced in the coming weeks and months.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini