Barclays expands bPay wearables to take on Apple Pay in the UK

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Barclays launched their bPay payment wristbands last year, and are now expanding the service by launching key fobs, an updated wristband and stickers that can be attached to any flat surface, including a mobile phone.

The bPay devices can be used by anyone with a UK-registered Visa or MasterCard debit or credit card and bought online or in high street stores from next month.

The bPay wristband, fob and sticker act like a contactless bank card, but must be pre-loaded with cash. Funds can be added online, via a mobile app or by automatic top-up. It is possible to own several devices and manage them separately.

Purchases of less than £20 can be made waving the band across the merchant’s sales terminal. Transactions of £20 or more require the customer to enter their pin to validate the transaction. From September, the maximum limit to contactless payments will rise to £30.

Barclays bPayWristband

Apple Pay is due to launch in the UK this week and all of the major banks are supporting the new payment system, with the exception of one.  Barclays failed to reach an agreement with Apple.

While it seemed extremely strange that that all other major UK banks had managed to reach agreements with Apple to support Apple Pay, it appears that Barclays want to push their own bPay system instead.

The new range of devices will go on sale online on the bPay e-store from 1 July and will also be available to buy at high street retailers.

The wristband costs £25, a key fob costs £20 and a you can buy a sticker for £15.

If lost or stolen, users can remotely shut down their device via the mobile app or website, or by contacting the bPay team.

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