APPLE Pay, the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch-based contacless payment system, is due to launch in the UK this month. And symbol group Spar UK says it will join Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Lidl and other major retailers in offering iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ owners the chance to pay by phone from the UK launch.
Apple says its system of near field communication payment, already available in the US, is particularly secure.
When a customer adds a credit or debit card to Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a device account number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the secure element on the device.
Spar says it has been working for many years on its pay,ment solution to ensure it is ready for the contactless revolution. The number of Spar stores accepting contactless payment has soared as it bids to increase transaction speeds and appeal to the new generation of technology-savvy shoppers.
Spar UK managing director Debbie Robinson said: “Apple Pay will offer huge benefits to our customers and retailers.
“It is perfect for high value purchases at our forecourt garages and larger convenience stores.
“It will also appeal to busy shoppers doing their top-up shopping at Spar stores up and down the country,” she added.
“We feel the UK is about to witness one of the most radical changes to the way in which shoppers pay for goods, led by Apple Pay, and Spar will be one of the first retail chains to support this new mobile payment revolution.”