Barclays makes sending mobile payments easy with launch of 'send a payment'
UK bank, Barclays, has launched a new feature within its mobile payment app, Barclays Pingit, giving large businesses such as insurance companies, retailers and utility companies the ability to pay individuals using their mobile phone numbers. Businesses can now send payments using an individual's mobile phone number instead of using or having to hold their banking or card details. Large businesses can use Barclays' existing File Gateway channel to quickly, easily and securely send electronic payments directly into an individual's Barclays Pingit account, which is open to both Barclays and non-Barclays customers. Barclays is the first bank in the UK to offer this service, which creates an optimised customer experience by providing immediate payment, SMS notifications and in-app access to transactions. As businesses look to reduce the physical and environmental costs associated with manual and paper-based processes, including cash handling, cheque production and issuing costs, 'send a payment' offers a viable alternative, without needing to seek sensitive account information from individuals, stated Barclays. Payments can reach any UK mobile phone number, regardless of whether they are already registered Barclays Pingit users, and non-registered users will be notified by text message with details of how to register to receive payment. Mike Walters, head of UK corporate payments at Barclays, said: 'Consumers today want quick and convenient ways to receive value. Mobile payment provides a fast and secure way to do this without the need for consumers to disclose their account number.
'For businesses it is becoming increasingly important to consider the use of mobile payments as part of their overall business strategy, reducing costly cheque use and improving the experience for their customers.' CEGA, provider of global claims and travel risk management, medical assistance and air ambulance services, has already chosen to use the Barclays Pingit 'send a payment' offering. 'Barclays Pingit rewards our search for progressive ways to constantly improve customer service and fast track claims,' said Warwick Hoddy, CEGA's financial director. 'It offers our customers a faster alternative to BACS payments, minimises the need to share personal information and satisfies the increasing desire to interact by mobile phone; putting us at the forefront of technology in the claims arena.'
Launched in February last year, Barclays Pingit was the UK's first service to facilitate the instant payment and receipt of money using mobile phone numbers to anyone with a UK current account and UK mobile phone number, without the need to share bank details. Using the Faster Payments Scheme, payments are immediate and the app is free to use for retail customers of any UK bank.
The Barclays Pingit app works with Android 2.2 and above, IOS 4.2 and above, and Blackberry OS 4.6 and above.