Barclaycard Unveils bPay Loop Bringing Contactless Payment To Watches or Fitness Bands

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Barclaycard has today announced the latest product in its bPay lineup, which brings the convenience of contactless payments to your every day devices.

The bPay Loop is a small case containing a contactless chip, designed to “slide easily over any watch strap or fitness band with an opening buckle”.

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Contactless payments have exploded in popularity since introduction, mainly due to the ultimate convenience of being able to “tap and pay”.

Loop, the fourth product in the bPay contactless payment family, joining the wristband, keyfob and sticker which have been available since June 2015 after initial trials starting in 2012. The Loop has been designed to fit wristbands with an opening buckle and measuring 22 mm wide and under.

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The chip is linked to bPay’s secure digital wallet and can be used to make payments for £30 and under at over 400,000 locations. Both the wallet and device are managed through the bPay mobile app, or via the online web portal, and users can set their account to top-up automatically from their chosen payment card when their balance falls below a pre-set level.

Tami Hargreaves, Commercial Director, Digital Consumer Payments at Barclaycard, said:

bPay is the UK’s leading range of wearable payment products and was designed to meet customer demand for a new way of paying. Following the success of the initial range, and in response to consumer demand, Loop has been designed to allow payments functionality to be added to items that people already wear on their wrist.

Thanks to the huge growth we are seeing in contactless payments, we are increasingly becoming accustomed to being able to make low-value payments throughout the day, in a quick, easy, convenient way. Loop makes that easier than ever.

>> Loop will go on sale on 7th July at www.bpay.co.uk costing just £19.99, and is also being distributed by partners Mondaine, the Swiss watch manufacturer, and fitness technology brand Garmin. none of the bPay prducts have any transaction fees or cost anything to top-up.

 

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