Barclaycard is to roll out a range of wearable payment devices that can be used to make contactless payments across the UK, following a successful launch of its bPay band last year.
bPay will consist of a digital wallet that is linked to one of three devices – a wristband, fob and sticker – and used to pay for transactions up to the value of £20, rising to £30 when the contactless payment limit is increased in September, at over 300,000 locations across the UK.
- The bPay wristband has been designed to be close to hand for convenience. It’s
also adjustable and durable with secure fastening for comfort and security.
- The bPay fob can be attached to a key ring or bag and keeps the power of contactless close by.
- The bPay sticker can turn anything into a contactless way to pay – a discreet, secure sticker that can be put on any flat surface, allowing you to fully personalise what and how you pay.
The devices are ideal for commuters – making using public transport quicker; for shoppers – making paying with your hands full easier; for sports and fitness fans – allowing them to leave their cards and cash at home; and for parents – giving the kids their own way of paying on family days out.
Available to anyone with a UK-registered Visa or MasterCard debit or credit card, not just Barclaycard and Barclays customers, users will be able to add funds to their wallet ‘on the go’ using the mobile app, online through a brand new portal, or set their account to top-up automatically when their balance falls below a pre-set level.
“bPay is a clear example of the reality of payments in the UK today. The British public is embracing digital ways to pay because they value the benefits of doing so: security, convenience and speed,” comments Kevin Jenkins, UK & Ireland Managing Director Visa Europe
“From our own research we know consumers see their bank as a key provider of this kind of innovation. Going forward the challenge is to continue to answer this demand. As a nation we are already a world leader in designing and building payments. Ideas like bPay can help ensure we remain that way.”