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Barclays customers in the UK get Apple Pay support

Apple Pay now works with Barclays UK cards
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Barclays finally begins to allow Apple Pay contactless payments, one year after the debut of the service in the UK.

Although Apple Pay launched in the UK almost a year ago, Barclays was not one of the fast adopters. Earlier this week, the bank still was the last major player in the UK not to provide support for the mobile payment system of the Cupertino giant. Fortunately for its users, things have just changed.

According to ZDNet, this delay might have been caused by the fact that, back in July 2015, Barclays launched its own bPay contactless paymenet wearables, Apple launchings its similar service in that period as well. Now, thanks to the changes made by Barclays, iPhone and Apple Watch users with accepted cards and devices can use Apple Pay at any of the over 400,000 locations across the UK that accept Apple Pay.

Back in 2007, Barclays became the first UK bank to introduce contactless cards. Now, their Apple Pay-supported set of cards includes Barclay's debit cards, but also an elligible Barclaycard Visa Card. The last two relevant UK banks still not offering Apple Pay support are RBS and NatWest.


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Codrut Nistor, 2016-04- 6 (Update: 2016-04- 6)