Apple Pay not coming to UK's Barclays until 2016, CEO says

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in iPhone edited October 2015
Customers of U.K. bank Barclays will have to wait until early 2016 to use of Apple Pay on their iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches, according to an email from the company's CEO of Personal and Corporate Banking.




"We have signed up for Apple Pay and will launch it very early in the New Year," Ashok Vaswani said in an email response to a customer complaint. "We truly value your custom and hope that you continue to bank with us particularly since we are launching this shortly."

Barclays has been a conspicuous gap in Apple Pay's U.K. coverage. The platform first launched in the region July, and has since come to most major banks there, such as Lloyds, HSBC, and Santander.

In July Barclays suggested that its support of Apple Pay was "imminent." Ultimately, though, it missed not only the U.K. launch of Apple Pay that month, but also an expanded rollout in mid-September.

The exact reason for the delay is unknown, but a bank's support of Apple Pay typically only comes after negotiations over fees and other issues. Barclays has also been attempting to promote its own wireless payment system, bPay.

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  • Reply 1 of 11

    Barclays have stalled on Apple Pay for months, instead they launched the abysmal product that is bPay (which they want you to purchase).

     

    Barclays will loose customers over this (I suspect they don't really care anyway).

  • Reply 2 of 11
    I left Barclays after 10 years when Apple first introduced Apple Pay. It was very easy to move across to First Direct - and they gave me £100 for switching! Not mention getting much better customer telephone support. I didn't trust Barclays when they said they would enable Applr Pay "imminently" and in the "near future".
  • Reply 3 of 11

    Well, 2016 is less than 3 months away.  Barclay will eventually fall in line.

     

    Now that vendors will be responsible for fraudulent charges if the don't upgrade their cash register terminals to support EMV credit cards in the US Apple Pay will get better support.

     

    With the release of iOS 9, vendors will soon take advantage of the reward/loyalty cards in the new Wallet app as well, leading to more Apple Pay Support.

  • Reply 4 of 11
    It was too long for me. I ditched my Barclays credit card of 10 years. I'm really glad I did as I actually got a better deal from nationwide. Apple Pay has really taken off here in the U.K. due to the widespread availability of contactless chip and pin terminals. Obviously that last statement does depend to a certain extent on your location but I travel with work quite widely and have a pretty good hit rate. As the case for Apple pay's improved security over a physical card and pin becomes more embedded I would really like to see Apple Pay decoupled from contactless and have the £30 limit lifted completely.
  • Reply 5 of 11
    virtuavirtua Posts: 207member
    The new year? Could be anytime then. It's a it like how long it takes them to clear a cheque. I'm tired of waiting and going to open another account.
  • Reply 6 of 11
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,304member

    Incidentally, The NY Times reports that Loop Pay (important to Samsung Pay) was recently hacked.

     

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/08/technology/chinese-hackers-breached-looppay-a-contributor-to-samsung-pay.html?_r=0

  • Reply 7 of 11
    Barclays is pompous joke in the UK. Current account holders should migrate to another bank IMMEDIATELY.
  • Reply 8 of 11
    entropysentropys Posts: 1,799member
    I think all big four banks in Australia are bitten with the Barclays bug. No Apple Pay here, where PayPass is ubiquitous..
  • Reply 9 of 11
    richlrichl Posts: 2,213member

    Time to look at other credit cards.

  • Reply 10 of 11
    solipsismysolipsismy Posts: 5,099member
    pjwilkin wrote: »
    Barclays have stalled on Apple Pay for months, instead they launched the abysmal product that is bPay (which they want you to purchase).

    Barclays will loose customers over this (I suspect they don't really care anyway).

    What Apple Pay supporting banks in the UK will they lose their customers? I love Apple Pay and use it, on average, more than once a day, but I don't think I'd get rid of a bank over a handful of months.
  • Reply 11 of 11
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    Originally Posted by AAPLfanboy View Post



    Barclays is pompous joke in the UK. Current account holders should migrate to another bank IMMEDIATELY.

    Yes why anyone uses them is beyond me. Their customer service attitude lousy (and thats if you get someone who speaks good English). And thats my experience as a prospective business customer, I dread to think how they treat customers who they've already lured into their web

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