Barclaycard bPay turns watches contactless
Barclaycard is expanding its bPay contactless payments range through the introduction of a small case that can be attached to watches and fitness bands.
The bPay Loop is a silicon case containing an NFC chip that can be slid onto the strap of watches and fitness bands with open buckles.
Launched in 2014 bPay is available to anyone with a UK-registered Visa or MasterCard, debit or credit card, not just Barclaycard and Barclays customers. Users add funds to their digital wallet on-the-go using a mobile app, online through the bPay web portal, or set up an automatic top-up which adds funds when their balance falls below a pre-set level.
Bpay was initially launched as a wristband and is also available as a sticker and fob, with over 100,000 products sold. Barclaycard says that the latest Loop version comes in response to customer demand for a way to add payment functionality to wearables people already own.
Available to buy online for £19.99, Barclaycard has also teamed up with Swiss watch maker Mondaine and fitness tech outfit Garmin to offer Loop to those purchasing selected items from both brands.
Tami Hargreaves, commercial director, digital consumer payments, Barclaycard, says: “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.”