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Ulster Bank customers will be able to use Apple Pay

By Staff Reporter

Ulster Bank customers will be able to make contactless payments using Apple Pay from next month, the bank has said.

Apple announced on Monday its Apple Pay service, which is currently only available in USA, will be launched in the UK in July - and Ulster Bank parent Royal Bank of Scotland has signed up.

The service will allow customers to make contactless payments through their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 plus and Apple Watch, in a similar way to using a debit or credit card. Apple is yet confirm the upper limit on each transaction.

Customers who bank with First Direct, HSBC, NatWest, Nationwide Building Society, Royal Bank of Scotland and Santander will be able to use the service. M&S Bank, Halifax and Lloyds customers will also be able to use it later in the year.

Apple Pay can also be used at retailers such as Boots, Spar and Lidl, and restaurants Nando's, Costa, KFC, McDonald's and Starbucks. Bank of Ireland, Danske Bank, and First Trust said while it had no plans to introduce Apple Pay, it was monitoring developments in the industry.

Richard Donnan, managing director of retail banking at Ulster Bank, said: "We are really looking forward to being one of the first banks in Northern Ireland to offer Apple Pay to customers."

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