250,000 UK locations set to accept Apple Pay next month

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A range of high street names have been revealed as some of the first adopters of Apple Pay when it comes to the UK next month, after signing up to accept the new payment service.

The list includes a range of some of the biggest retailers across the spectrum of food, fashion and general merchandise. Food and hospitality retailers and outlets to use the new payment scheme will include Costa Coffee, KFC, Lidl, McDonalds, Nando’s, Pret A Manger, Spar, Starbucks, Subway, Wagamamas and Waitrose. Fashion and clothing retailers include Dune, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer, Liberty and New Look.

The launch of the new mobile payment service will allow latest device iPhone, iPAd and Apple Watch users to use Apple’s own version of a contactless and mobile payment option using their devices to pay for goods.

More than 250,000 locations are set to accept Apple Pay purchases from its go live date next month. As well as numerous retailers eight UK banks have signed up to allow their customers to add their cards to Apple Pay from go-live. These include First Direct, HSBC, NatWest, Nationwide Building Society, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Ulster Bank. A number of additional names will sign up by Autumn. Barclays however has yet to confirm support.

It is believed that the Apple Pay limits will follow the same pattern as contactless in the UK, with a £20 limit until September when the contactless limit will rise to £30.

Apple Pay will also be usable within a number of supporting apps allowing the service to be used online – such as Argos, Booking.com. British Airways, Top Shop and Zara. Transport for London will also accept Apple Pay from launch.

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