NatWest today brings Apple Pay to its Business credit card customers, providing a safer, more secure and private way to pay that helps customers avoid handing their payment card to someone else, touching physical buttons or exchanging cash — and uses the power of iPhone to protect every transaction.
NatWest and its subsidiaries including Royal Bank of Scotland and Ulster Bank have integrated Apple Pay across a range of Mastercard credit and charge cards for its Business and Commercial Banking customer base, complementing the existing range of payment options for SMEs.
Customers simply hold their iPhone or Apple Watch near a payment terminal to make a contactless payment. Every Apple Pay purchase is secure because it is authenticated with Face ID, Touch ID, or device passcode, as well as a one-time unique dynamic security code. Apple Pay is accepted in grocery stores, pharmacies, taxis, restaurants, coffee shops, retail stores, and many more places.
Matt Tuck, Head of Customer Propositions & Delivery, Commercial Banking, NatWest Group:
“After providing the service to our business debit cards last year we are delighted to extend Apple Pay to our credit and charge cards for our SME business and Commercial customers. We are proud also to be the first of the big 6 banks to offer this to our customers. Apple Pay allows customers to make safe, fast payments with minimal effort. This innovation supports our broader efforts to assist customers during this time with flexible, safe and easy options, and ultimately helps them to continue running their business.”
Debbie Suttle, Head of Commercial Issuing, Mastercard UK & Ireland:
“We are thrilled to have worked with NatWest to be the first of the main high street banks to roll out digital wallets to its commercial credit cardholders. We have seen an acceleration in the use of digital wallets for retail customers, so it is only natural for this to now extend to business. This innovation will offer NatWest business customers further speed and convenience when making payments, all underpinned by the safety and security you would expect from Mastercard.”
Customers can also use Apple Pay on iPhone, iPad, and Mac to make faster and more convenient purchases in apps or on the web in Safari without having to create accounts or repeatedly type in shipping and billing information. Apple Pay makes it easier to pay for food and grocery deliveries, online shopping, transportation, and parking, among other things. Apple Pay can also be used to make payments in apps on Apple Watch.
Security and privacy are at the core of Apple Pay. When customers use a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted, and securely stored in the Secure Element, an industry-standard, certified chip designed to store the payment information safely on the device.
Apple Pay is easy to set up. On iPhone, simply open the Wallet app, tap +, and follow the steps to add eligible NatWest Group credit or debit cards. Once a customer adds a card to iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac, they can start using Apple Pay on that device right away. Customers will continue to receive all of the rewards and beneﬁts offered by NatWest Group cards.