Banks in the U.K. Gearing Up for Apple Pay Launch as Santander Allows Customers to Register Cards

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple Pay in the United Kingdom has yet to officially launch, but some banks are preparing for the upcoming release of the payments service and have begun allowing customers to register their cards for use with Apple Pay.

    Several Santander customers on the MacRumors forums have been able to successfully add their cards to Passbook for use with Apple Pay, making the cards available on both their iPhones and their Apple Watches.


    Customers registering their cards are also receiving confirmation emails from Santander, informing them that they're now able to use Apple Pay. As of the time of writing, customers have not yet tested the Apple Pay service at a location that accepts Apple Pay. One customer was told the bank's system is not live and that customers who were able to mistakenly register early would be de-registered, so it is not clear if the registered cards will be able to be used to make purchases.


    Activating a Santander card with Apple Pay at this time requires U.K. users to set their region to U.S., add a card, and change their region back to U.K., at which point the card remains available in Passbook. It's clearly a workaround, but a sign that banks are preparing to accept Apple Pay in the near future.

    Other banks, like MBNA and Nationwide, are giving error messages like "Contact Card Issuer" and "Your Issuer Does Not Yet Offer Support."

    It is not clear exactly when Apple Pay will become officially available in the United Kingdom, but during its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple said the payments service would launch in July. Recently released employee training documents have suggested the launch could come next week, on Tuesday, July 14. 250,000 merchants are expected to support Apple Pay in the U.K. when it is released.

    Update: One of the Santander customers who was able to activate his card for use with Apple Pay was able to use it at a McDonald's to make a purchase.

    Update 2: Santander customers who were able to activate their cards are now receiving email notifications letting them know the Apple Pay service is no longer available for use.

    Article Link: Banks in the U.K. Gearing Up for Apple Pay Launch as Santander Allows Customers to Register Cards
  2. Ubuntu macrumors 68000


    Jul 3, 2005
  3. dannys1 macrumors 68020


    Sep 19, 2007
    Or we could just wait like a week?
  4. 6836838 Suspended

    Jul 18, 2011
  5. bbfc macrumors 68040

    Oct 22, 2011
    Newcastle, England.
    Come on HSBC. Can't wait for this. I work for one of the launch retailers so looking forward to using this.
  6. Mike MA, Jul 7, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2015

    Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    I'm curious if some other countries will join within the lifecycle of my iPhone 6 ;)
  7. UKPoliticsGuy macrumors regular

    May 3, 2009
    Have the soulless ghouls at Barclays caved in yet?
  8. Sirious macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2013
    United Kingdom
    Can't wait to use it on the TfL network, in London! It will be so much easier.
  9. peterh988 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 5, 2011
    They're throwing their lot in with Betamax, I think.
  10. 576316 macrumors 601

    May 19, 2011
    Getting seriously angry at Barclays...they need to say something soon. It's totally pathetic if they just remain quiet even after the official launch comes and goes. They've just released their totally pointless 'bPay' rubbish which can never hope to be as widespread as Apple Pay. Even if they're trying to give consumers choices, they shouldn't be blocking Apple Pay. That's the opposite of consumer choice. If they can't get off their greedy a**es and start supporting Apple Pay, I (and many others) will be finding a new bank.
  11. HighFlyingBirds macrumors 6502


    Dec 2, 2011
  12. 576316 macrumors 601

    May 19, 2011
    No. But hopefully they will when they realise how much of a failure their bPay rubbish is gonna be and how many customers are about to jump ship.
  13. afd macrumors 65816

    Apr 12, 2005
    Doesn't sound like it's worth the effort yet. Passbook..... what's that??
  14. martygras9 macrumors 6502


    Aug 13, 2007
  15. welshboyuk macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2015
    Come on Barclays or myself and my business accounts are off
  16. thekeyring macrumors 68040

    Jan 5, 2012
    Wouldn't it be better to show this on an iPhone 6, as the previous article informed us no one is buying Apple watches? ;)
  17. 576316 macrumors 601

    May 19, 2011
    ...and so many others. I don't think they fully understand just how many customers they're gonna lose over this. Clearly not something they're bothered about. It's odd that they're supporting it in the U.S. but not here. I'm alright with them having their own wireless payment system (bPay) as long as they also accept Apple Pay and give me the choice. Blocking Apple Pay is not pro-consumer choice. Apple should just block the bPay app on iOS and give them a taste of their own medicine.
  18. stridemat, Jul 7, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2015

    stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    As petty as it sounds I have moved away from Barclays for this very reason. Move to a Bank / Credit Card that fulfills your needs.
  19. displaced macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2003
    Gravesend, United Kingdom
    I tweeted them and they replied that once they've finished feasting on the bones of the first-born from every village in the UK, they'll get right on it.

    In all seriousness, I wish they'd get their finger out and just support Apple Pay. Their banking website and iPhone app are really great, so I'm really surprised they're so tardy. Unlike the Co-Operative Bank, whose website and apps look like the product of a work experience kid.
  20. Zxxv macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2011
    Next weeks news story

    in other news

    in a place not so far away

  21. hybroid macrumors regular


    Aug 12, 2010
    Natwest have confirmed they are supporting Apple Pay and even have a Communities page dedicated to it. Good stuff.

    Really looking forward to using Apple Watch for Tube/Bus Oyster journeys and daily lunch purchases.
  22. afd macrumors 65816

    Apr 12, 2005
    Couldn't resist, tried to register my Santander debit card. Didn't work.
  23. Cronowerx Suspended

    Feb 23, 2015
    Yesterday I was getting a new credit card from Bank of Montreal (BMO Bank) here in Toronto and I drilled the teller to give me all the info on "Apple Pay Canada". She said its being tested, and that BMO Bank is going to have Apple Pay in Canada near the end of November!
  24. Billberryjuice macrumors 6502


    Jun 2, 2014
    As I've mentioned elsewhere in the forum, I just wouldn't bother wasting any energy fretting over it, it's exactly the same as the Fitbit HealthKit debacle, if you care enough to change banks then just do it now as their silence indicates their commitment to the path you don't want.
  25. 3listone macrumors newbie


    Jun 29, 2013
    Great Britain
    Does not work anymore, Santander must have been doing tests not expecting any one to work out how to do it.
    However possible means it coming soon.

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