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Barclays has become the first bank in the U.K. to announce Siri support for its mobile banking app, enabling account holders to make payments to anyone in their iPhone contacts list completely handsfree using the virtual assistant.

Following the update, customers will be able to make payments by saying, for instance, "Hey Siri, pay Anna £15 with Barclays", without having to open the app. Payments are authenticated using Touch ID and the feature can be used to pay existing payees or mobile contacts.

Barclays says the new Siri integration with its mobile app "will enable customers to send money virtually hands free, and will make secure banking easier, faster and simpler for all customers, including those with additional needs."

Customers need to allow Siri payments in the app to start making payments, via the Siri "What's New" screen or by visiting "Manage payments" under the More menu. Payment limits apply to single and daily payments limits, and can only be made in pounds.

Article Link: Barclays Mobile Banking App Now Lets You Pay People Using Siri
 

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And this is the seldomly cited advantage Siri has over Google: interfacing with Apps.

Any App on the AppStore can interact with Siri through standard API’s.

Sure Google has partnerships, Apple goes a mile longer, and third parties don’t need to negotiate with Apple for the privilege of being in the #1 digital assistant in the US.
 
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base242

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I was a Barclays customer for over thirty years but went elsewhere due to their reluctance in adopting Apple Pay when it was released.
It's good to see them getting their act together on the tech front.
 
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That's cool! Hope it comes to RBS soon as they are pretty good at adopting the latest tech trends.
 

hagar

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How does this work? Does the receiving party also need the app or a bank account at Barclays? Because if it works with mobile contacts, how does the process know their bank account number?
 

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I was a Barclays customer for over thirty years but went elsewhere due to their reluctance in adopting Apple Pay when it was released.
It's good to see them getting their act together on the tech front.
Wait, you changed financial institutions - after 30+ years of doing business - for Apple Pay?o_O:confused: It's like those people who say they won't buy a car that doesn't have CarPlay. I don't get how a consumer tech company selling commodity products can have that much influence in someone's life? To be fair, there's a lot I don't get.
 

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Nahhhh.... I won't believe it until I see it. As such, can someone please say: "Hey Siri, pay RightMACatU £150 with Barclays" ? :p
 

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Wait, you changed financial institutions - after 30+ years of doing business - for Apple Pay?o_O:confused: It's like those people who say they won't buy a car that doesn't have CarPlay. I don't get how a consumer tech company selling commodity products can have that much influence in someone's life? To be fair, there's a lot I don't get.

I bought a new car last month, and one of the things it had to have was Carplay.

I'm not interested in cars at all, I just want to be able to listen to music and podcasts easily. All other in car systems have been dreadful.
 
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Wait, you changed financial institutions - after 30+ years of doing business - for Apple Pay?o_O:confused: It's like those people who say they won't buy a car that doesn't have CarPlay. I don't get how a consumer tech company selling commodity products can have that much influence in someone's life? To be fair, there's a lot I don't get.
Barclays, like any other bank, don't do you any favours I can tell you that much.
There is no loyalty either as their business model is aimed at new customers.
Also, switching banks is so simple and literally seamless these days. Plus they do all the work required to change over.
Apple Pay has revolutionised my wallet in that I simply don't carry one around anymore.
There is less paranoia security wise and the convenience speaks for itself.
Consumer tech companies have had a massive impact not just on my life but the world so without wishing to sound rude I think your remark there is a little odd.
People assume as I own an iPhone that the move to Apple Pay is a result of being a fanboy but it's not the case.
For me Apple make exactly what I want but as soon as someone creates a better product in my opinion I will drop the iPhone like a hot stone.
I have a Windows device for work and have also had an Android and Blackberry device in the past but much prefer the iPhone.
After all what do you really do on these devices other than calls, text, photos, music, browse and play crappy games?
Some people pretend they run the world from their chosen phone.
 
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Wait, you changed financial institutions - after 30+ years of doing business - for Apple Pay?o_O:confused: It's like those people who say they won't buy a car that doesn't have CarPlay. I don't get how a consumer tech company selling commodity products can have that much influence in someone's life? To be fair, there's a lot I don't get.

I closed down 2 accounts with Barclays (with accounts going back 25+ years) and switched to Santander due to lack of Apple Pay (at the time).
 
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Barclays, like any other bank, don't do you any favours I can tell you that much.
Also, switching banks is so simple and literally seamless these days. Plus they do all the work required to change over.
Apple Pay has revolutionised my wallet in that a simply don't carry one around anymore, there is less paranoia security wise and the convenience speaks for itself.
Consumer tech companies have had a massive impact not just on my life but the world so without wishing to sound rude I think your remark there is a little odd.
Doesn't sound rude at all. I just find it odd that someone would make a decision regarding financial institutions based on the availability of a feature of a cell phone. That doesn't mean that it is odd, just means I find it odd. And you're right, consumer tech has had a profound impact on our lives. That particular tech wouldn't have that much influence on my life, but that's me.
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I closed down 2 accounts with Barclays (with accounts going back 25+ years) and switched to Santander due to lack of Apple Pay (at the time).
To each his own. I wouldn't do it, but that doesn't mean you're wrong. Just odd to me.
 
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To each his own. I wouldn't do it, but that doesn't mean you're wrong. Just odd to me.

If someone doesn't offer a service that others do - vote with your money. I have no relationship with my bank, they just look after my money and pay me interest (in Barclays case - a very poor rate as well).
 

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Doesn't sound rude at all. I just find it odd that someone would make a decision regarding financial institutions based on the availability of a feature of a cell phone. That doesn't mean that it is odd, just means I find it odd. And you're right, consumer tech has had a profound impact on our lives. That particular tech wouldn't have that much influence on my life, but that's me.
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To each his own. I wouldn't do it, but that doesn't mean you're wrong. Just odd to me.
Me neither. I don't see myself completely rely on on tech from a single system in such a way. Too much risk.
 
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That's cool! Hope it comes to RBS soon as they are pretty good at adopting the latest tech trends.
RBS was one of the first to use TouchId in their banking App. Using Siri is to me, a huge security hole. As Siri is not not used on my iPhone I home that I can totally disable this feature in a way that anyone getting hold of my phone can't use is without my fingerprint.
The Police feature can't come soon enough for me.
 

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RBS was one of the first to use TouchId in their banking App. Using Siri is to me, a huge security hole. As Siri is not not used on my iPhone I home that I can totally disable this feature in a way that anyone getting hold of my phone can't use is without my fingerprint.
The Police feature can't come soon enough for me.

This isn't strictly hands-free though, as you still need to use TouchID to authenticate, so is no less secure than the conventional way.
 

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RBS was one of the first to use TouchId in their banking App. Using Siri is to me, a huge security hole. As Siri is not not used on my iPhone I home that I can totally disable this feature in a way that anyone getting hold of my phone can't use is without my fingerprint.
The Police feature can't come soon enough for me.

Fair enough, perhaps they can let users choose to use it or not? I agree the Police feature will be nice.
 

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Hang on...

I have a savings ac with Barclays, and every time I pay ANYONE using online banking (including transfers to my own current/checking ac with another bank) I have to use a stupid physical card device to do so.

This is really inconvenient, obviously, as it's not something I carry around with me. So if I'm on the road, and need to transfer funds, I simply cannot do so?!

I did this just yesterday, so I say this is complete BS.

(still moving bank in a couple of months, Barclays, as I've had enough of my time being wasted, thanks.)
 
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