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Barclays launches three new bPay contactless payment devices

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Barclays has unveiled three new bPay contactless payment devices for the UK market.

All three bPay devices will be available to buy from July 1, and all enable contactless mobile payments of amounts up to £20 (£30 from September) at appropriate terminals using NFC technology.

The bPay wristband resembles a fitness wearable, strapping securely onto a customer's wrist. It'll cost £24.99.

The bPay fob offers the same functionality, but is intended to attach to your keys like a keyring, and costs £19.99. Finally, the £14.99 bPay sticker is intended to be applied to your smartphone, but can presumably be stuck onto anything else you carry around with you.

As Engadget reports, it's not just Barclays customers who can benefit from these bPay devices. Anyone with a UK Visa or Mastercard debit or credit card can take advantage.

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The devices are accompanied by a new bPay website that enables customers to transfer funds to their digital wallet, as well as track payments and adjust device settings.

This announcement could reveal why Barclays ruled itself out of immediate Apple Pay support here in the UK. With a range of new contactless payment solutions to push, Barclays evidently doesn't want to fuel the biggest threat to its position in this new form of banking.

Find out more about the phone and service that's got Barclays running scared in our iPhone 6 review video below.

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