Customers of United Kingdom banks HSBC and First Direct will be glad to know they can now start using their credit and debit cards with Apple Pay. Apple’s mobile payments service rolled out in the UK two weeks ago.
As with other UK Apple Pay transactions,there is a £20 transaction limit at most retailers apart from those with upgraded payment terminals that support higher-value contactless purchases. The £20 limit is getting raised to £30 in September.
Both HSBC and First Direct customers were disappointed to learn their bank cards wouldn’t work with Apple Pay at launch, although both institutions were listed as launch partners.
Major bank Barclays hasn’t as yet announced an official date for when they will begin offering Apple Pay capabilities to their customers, although they have announced they will be joining the party sometime soon.
Banks also listed on the UK Apple Pay page on Apple’s website as “coming soon” are:
- Royal Bank of Scotland
- Lloyds Bank
- M&S Bank
- TSB Bank