Two new ways for customers to pay using their smartphones have been rolled out on UK forecourts. A customer at BP Boreham Connect in Chelmsford, was one of the first consumers to use Apple Pay in the UK when they bought £15-worth of diesel a short while after the system went live on Tuesday July 14.
The new payment system allows for up to £20 of goods to be purchased without the need to use a debit card or enter a PIN. Retailers that have confirmed their support include BP, Spar, The Co-op, Costa, Starbucks, Subway, Waitrose and M&S Simply Food.
Apple Pay allows users of an Apple iPhone 6, 6 Plus or Watch to enter their card details into Apple’s ’Passbook’ app and present their device to contactless card terminals.
Meanwhile, Shell and PayPal announced the roll out of their new Fill Up & Go mobile payment service shortly after the Apple launch, following a successful pilot with invited members of the Shell Drivers’ Club. The new service, which enables mobile payments at the pump, will now be available at hundreds of Shell sites nationwide. Customers will be able to pay quickly and securely using the Shell Motorist app a free download on any Android or iOS device registering their PayPal details and then checking the station finder for details of which stations have the service.
Shell’s retail marketing manager, Michael Hominick, said: "We’ve listened to our customers and know they will benefit from this innovation. They will have the flexibility and convenience of paying without having to leave their car. Those who want to go in store and pay or purchase other items will still be able to, with the benefit of reduced queues."