Barclays have released new contactless wristbands that are waterproof – and there are hundreds available in Plymouth.
Contactless payment is migrating from the plastic card to modern and fashionable bands, and Barclaycard has rolled out a new range of devices that can be used to make ‘touch and go’ payments following the success launch of its bPay band.
The digital wallet, known as ‘bPay’, can be used on three different devices enabling you to pay for transactions up to the value of £30 at over 300,000 locations across the UK.
Ideal for commuters making public transport quicker and for fitness fans allowing them to leave their cards and cash at home, the bPay can be used as a wristband, sticker or fob.
David Podd, Market Leader at Barclays Plymouth said: “We’re in the midst of a sweeping change in the way we pay, with cash-dominated transactions being replaced by ‘touch and go’ contactless technology that has made it easier, safer and faster to make low-value payments.
“The launch of our bPay band was an evolutionary step for the business, with highly positive customer feedback.
“People told us they are looking for new ways to pay that offer greater flexibility and choice, and fit better with different lifestyles. So we’re building on this success with our expanded flexability and choice, and fit better with different lifestyles.”
The expansion of bPay comes as contactless payments have been widely adopted amongst the UK public.
According to the UK cards association, contactless payments rose 331 per cent year-on-year in 2014 with the public making 319m contactless transactions.
Students Victoria Partington-Smith, 21 and Jessica Bradley, 20 who are both students in Plymouth said the wristbands ‘were an extremely good idea’ and would help students who lose their bank cards regularly.
Jessica explained: “Students also lose their cards on nights out, so this would be a really good idea.”
Due to being able to transfer the money across and being limited to £30 went down well with both the girls, Victoria shared: “It will be good because I won’t be able to spend as much, it will help me to budget.”
The bands can be purchased for £24.99 but will be free of charge to use, with no transaction, usage or top-up fees including when used abroad. Anyone over the age of 12 can use bPay.
David continued: “We have a huge range of wearable products that you can use to pay for everything in your day – from travelling to work and grabbing a coffee, to buying your lunch or picking up groceries from the supermarket.
“We’re leading the innovation that will enable everyone to pay in a convenient, flexible and secure way”.
You can pick yours up from the branch on Armada Way, Plymouth.
Source: Plymouth Herald