Two more financial institutions in the United Kingdom now offer Apple Pay to their customers. The Co-Operative Bank and Metro Bank have both announced support for Apple’s contactless payments solution. The two firms are the twenty-first and twenty-second UK banks to offer the technology to their iPhone- and Apple Watch-using customers.
In a bid to stand out from its rivals, Metro Bank is highlighting the fact that it’s the only UK Apple Pay bank that will let customers use the payment service as soon as the account has been opened. Co-op, on the other hand, says that customers can still rack up Everyday Rewards if they’ve already registered for the scheme.
With the addition of The Co-operative Bank and Metro Bank to the Apple Pay rolls, the U.K. now offers the third-widest support for the payments solution, behind only China and the United States. Russia also recently gained support for Apple Pay, making it the 10th major country to do so.
In other Apple Pay-related U.K. news, Apple will soon allow users in the United Kingdom to add some of their store credit cards and rewards cards to their digital wallet on their iPhone. The feature is already available in the U.S., with such companies as Kohl’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Whole Foods, and others offering the feature to customers.