Two more banks sign up for Apple Pay

TSB and Tesco Bank now allow customers to pay by iPhone when out shopping.

Pret is one of the UK retailers that accepts Apple Pay. Image: Pret a Manger

Customers of two more UK banks are now able to use Apple's payment system which allows them to make purchases using their iPhone or Apple Watch.

TSB and Tesco Bank have confirmed that their customers can now use the service, which allows iPhone 6 and 6s users, as well as Apple Watch owners, to use their devices to pay for goods in stores that accept contactless payments.

Apple Pay also allows these devices, and some earlier iPhone and iPads, to be used to make in-app payments.

It's still very early days for these kinds of payment systems but Apple has taken a lead by signing up the majority of UK banks to offer its service. The big hold-out remains Barclays, which has developed its own mobile payment system, although the company has previously said it will offer Apple's service "in the future".

Contactless payments - whether with a smartphone or a contactless card - are increasingly common in the UK. TSB said that it processes more than 89,000 contactless purchases a day, with customers frequently using the payment method at supermarkets, coffee shops, food outlets and Transport for London terminals.

Customers of the following UK banks and credit card companies can now use Apple Pay with their devices.

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Halifax
  • HSBC
  • American Express
  • First Direct
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Bank of Scotland
  • M&S Bank
  • MBNA
  • Nationwide
  • Natwest
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Santander
  • TSB
  • Ulster Bank
  • Tesco Bank

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