If you're a Barclaycard customer, you might be pretty peeved that your bank has decided not to jump on the Apple Pay band wagon. It does, however, want to sweeten the deal by halving the price of its own bPay band, fob and NFC sticker.
Until 31 July, you can buy a bPay contactless payment device with a one-use only 50% off voucher. Just head to the bPay Mates Rates page for the code. It can be shared with friends and family on social media but make it quick as Barclaycard has a limited number of codes available.
This price slashing comes a week before the rumoured release of Apple Pay on 14 July, when Apple users are set to start rubbing wrists and iPhones on card machines nationwide.
The new bPay band is pretty similar to last year's wearable but has a few new features. There's a new app and website for managing your money and it has the option to change automatic top-ups for the Tube, view purchases and transfer money to your digital wallet from your Visa or Mastercard debit/credit card.
These three bPay devices work with most major UK banks so the service is not just for Barclaycard users. At the discounted prices of ¬£12.49 for the new band, ¬£9.99 for the fob and ¬£7.49 for the sticker, the prices are so low that it could be worth the punt to see if you'll use one of them day to day.
Barclays has done a good job so far in making bPay as seamless, quick and reliable as Apple Pay promises to be. Though with the amount of wearables arriving on the market, each company has to fight for a place on your wrist, and to have a band that only deals with payment just isn't realistic. The same could be said for the fob, which seems a little too large for what it does.
Is it too late for bPay? Are you planning to use Apple Pay? Let us know in the comments and on the Apple Pay thread on our new forum.