Barclays Customers Will Get Apple Pay By April

By Gerald Lynch on at

While most iPhone users have been able to use Apple Pay to spend their moolah since soon after it launched in the UK last July, Barclays customers have been left (quite literally in this case) twiddling their thumbs hoping for the service to be activated. Initially declining to comment on its position before settling on a vague "early 2016" launch, Barclays has now finally given more concrete information on its roll out plans.

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In an email sent to Barclays customer Oli Foster, Barclays CEO Ashok Vaswani has suggested that the service will launch before the beginning of April. Responding to Foster's query regarding the service back on January 12th, Vaswani suggested a timescale "within the next 60 to 75 days" for the roll out. That would put Apple Pay in the mitts of Barclays customers sometime between March 12th and March 27th.

It's later than many Barclays customers would hope, but any support at all at this point will likely be welcomed with open arms. In the mean time, Barclays customers can still make use of the company's own bPay contactless payments system, as well as its NFC service and ongoing partnership with mobile payments specialists Zapp. [Twitter]