U.K. iPhone user John Biondini has started an online petition to convince U.K. financial institution Barclays to offer its customers the ability to pay via Apple Pay (and Google Wallet) using their Barclays credit and debit cards.
Barclays is trying to block future NFC technology from succeeding. This has nothing to do with customer satisfaction, but greed. Sign my petition to stop this and join me in protest. To protest against this, everyone can boycott Bpay, Barclays and Barclaycard.
When Apple announced that their Apple Pay electronic payments service would debut in the United Kingdom in July, Barclays was noticeably missing from the list of supporting financial institutions.
Barclays has since announce their own bPay payments system, which it intends to offer its customers in place of Apple Pay.
Barclay’s bPay isn’t a new payment platform, it merely embeds a contactless card chip into a sticker, keyfob, or wristband. bPay offers no additional layers of security over normal contactless cards, so the usual transaction limit applies. If you lose any of the bPay devices, anyone that finds it can use it to make purchases. The bPay sticker will cost users £15, the bPay fob is £20 and the bPay band is £25.
In place of connecting to an existing account, bPay instead requires opening a prepaid account separate from your bank account. The account will need to be manually or automatically topped-off when it runs low.
To sign the petition to urge Barclays to offer Apple Pay and Google Wallet support, visit the Change.org website.