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Apple Pay available to MasterCard customers in the UK from today

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Apple Pay is now live in the UK, and MasterCard has announced that it will offer its cardholders immediate access to the new service helping them to use their cards where and how they want with a seamless experience.

Users of Apple’s iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch can make safe, secure and convenient payments at over 250,000 shops in the UK that accept contactless payments; and payments within apps using iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

When a consumer adds their MasterCard to Apple Pay it works exactly like a real card, so users will still enjoy all of the benefits such as points, cashback and insurance protection when you spend using Apple Pay.

Cardholders can locate shops that accept Apple Pay through MasterCard Nearby, a location-based app that identifies retailers that accept contactless payments.

In shops, consumers can pay contactlessly simply by holding their iPhone over a contactless terminal and authenticating with Touch ID. For purchases within an app, consumers simply authenticate with their fingerprint or passcode for a seamless experience without having to enter their card number or leave the app.

In shops Apple Pay works with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch. When paying within apps, it is compatible with these products as well as the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

New figures from MasterCard indicate that the UK is ready to embrace mobile payment technology1: a quarter of British consumers said that they intend to make a contactless payment with their mobile in the next year. Furthermore, one-third of potential users intend to link their credit card to their smartphone for contactless payments, for the added consumer protection it offers.

“Innovation in UK payments means it’s fast becoming the most advanced market in the world and the arrival of Apple Pay heralds this new era. We will see more change in the next five years than we’ve seen in the last 50, bringing even more convenience and security for consumers,” said Mark Barnett, President of MasterCard UK & Ireland.

“Regardless of the device they use, our aim is to give consumers a safe and seamless payment experience that offers all the benefits and guarantees of any MasterCard transaction. Our work with Apple embodies the digital transformation of our company and solidifies our commitment to more secure, digital payments.”

MasterCard is working with multiple banks, including: HSBC; MBNA; RBS/Natwest and Santander, to enable their customers to use their MasterCard credit or debit cards directly through Apple Pay. The company has already helped almost 100 banks in the US and UK to enable their cards for Apple Pay.

MasterCard Payment Gateway Services is one of the first UK payment gateways approved to accept Apple Pay transactions for both In-App and Point of Sale Purchase. This enables UK retailers and service providers to seamlessly add this exciting new payment method both in store and online, promoting maximum convenience and flexibility for their customers.

MasterCard is ensuring that Apple Pay can be used almost everywhere by requiring that all payment terminals across Europe which accept MasterCard, must accept contactless payments by 2020 at the latest.

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