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April 24, 2017

Santander Bank adds Apple Pay support for MasterCard cardholders

By Patrick Brusnahan

Santander Bank has added support for Apple Pay that allows its customers with MasterCard credit and debit cards to make payment at participating merchants in stores, apps and on the web using their Apple devices.

With the latest move, the bank’s customers can install Apple Pay and add their MasterCard-branded credit or debit cards issued by Santander Bank in a few steps using Apple Wallet.

Once the initial set up is completed, the cardholders can use Apple Pay to shop products and services in participating stores by tapping their iPhone near the NFC reader and using Touch ID, which identifies their fingerprint, to complete the transaction, or with Apple Watch, by simply double-clicking the side button.

With Touch ID, online shopping in apps and on websites accepting Apple Pay is also simple as users do not require to manually filling out lengthy account forms or repeatedly type in shipping and billing information.

Santander Bank head of consumer and business banking Michael Cleary said: “Our customers have been telling us that they want to do more on-the-go digital banking using their mobile devices.

“At Santander, we pride ourselves on listening to our customers. We’ve responded to their feedback by investing more resources in our mobile banking platform and upgrading the digital tools and services customers need to truly bank anywhere with Santander, and Apple Pay is a great example of that innovation.”

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