Apple Pay Limit Rises to £30 in UK

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applepayukliveThe UK Cards Association announced on Tuesday that the upper limit for Apple Pay and other contactless payments is now £30 per transaction in the United Kingdom (via AppleInsider).

Apple Pay transactions were previously limited to £20 since the service launched in the U.K. around six weeks ago. British retailers will be updating their payment terminals starting today and over the coming weeks to accept the new limit.

Apple Pay in the United Kingdom is supported by major credit cards Visa, MasterCard and American Express, with participating banks including First Direct, HSBC, MBNA, Nationwide, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Ulster Bank. Bank of Scotland, Halifax, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank and TSB will eventually support the service.

Apple Pay is compatible with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch when paired with an iPhone 5 or later.

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67 months ago
It's worth mentioning that the limit is for merchants that use the original Contactless infrastructure in the UK, which is very prevalent. The low limit is a security feature, since contactless cards don't require any authorisation in order to make a transaction.

It is possible, for merchants with newer equipment, to take Apple Pay for higher value transactions. But it'll be a while before all the shops upgrade their systems…
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67 months ago
Any recommendations for any of the mentioned banks? I am tired of waiting for Barclays.
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67 months ago

Anywhere that has an Apple Pay symbol [rather than just a contactless ")))" symbol] there is no limit, because your fingerprint is used in place of your PIN.
(This isn't new, but I thought it was worth reminding British users because some aren't aware of it.)

I think this is one of the benefits of being an Apple Pay "official" sponsor that we see on the Apple.com webpage. Some stores who have the logo have sometimes rejected my payment, but this could be because their backend hasn't updated.

Up to £30 anywhere.. No cap with official retailers.

I've replied to this in the other threads where you have posted this but it isn't true. Morrisons and Lidl both display the Apple Pay logos at the tills and in store but are still subject to the limit and another member has also confirmed Waitrose is the same.
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67 months ago
I've had mixed results with Apple Pay in the UK. M&S seems quite reliable in their big stores, although it recently failed at the new Simply Food at Newcastle Central Station. Costa also seems variable and the extra annoyance is that their loyalty phone app is quite slow - it often takes two attempts, by which time I could have given the barista my card for swiping.

I'm not sure how much of a benefit it is, though I tend to have my phone in my hand more often than my wallet.

If Apple et al can somehow combine apps that keep loyalty cards in the Wallet app with Apple Pay so that its a simple, single use of the phone (or watch) on a card reader, then it will immediately become more useful. Not sure if companies could associate bank cards with a loyalty account (would that bypass the security controls?) but that would actually make the whole process much simpler at many stores and at the same time encourage use of both systems to mutual benefit.
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67 months ago

Any recommendations for any of the mentioned banks? I am tired of waiting for Barclays.

First Direct.

Great Customer Service and they'll give you £100 for joining.
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67 months ago
Living in the US it has been a struggle as we wait for merchants to accept Apple Pay (although the tide is painfully and slowly turning). My EU friends always ribbed me with the fact that you all had contactless for years, but Apple had just not jumped the pond. Now we see the truth, you have it but it is limited to what is about $USD60. With the prices of groceries where I live, this would be the same as not being able to use it. Although the 1 million vending machines and McDonald's that Tim quotes I guess would still work (I just never use either).
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