The 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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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…
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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