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Barclays Pingit hits Windows Phone at last

by Michael Moore| 01 July 2014

Mobile app allows customers to make and receive payments using just their smartphone.

Barclays has announced the release of its Pingit app to the Windows Phone store, a mere 10 months since it became available to iOS, Android and BlackBerry users.

The free app (pictured below) is now available for users with Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 devices who are aged 16 years or over with a UK-registered current account and UK mobile number, and offers the same services as the existing apps for other platforms.

Pingit, which lets customers make payments quickly and easily using their mobile device, was first launched in February 2012 in an effort to simplify mobile payments for the bank's customers.

The firm had pledged to bring Pingit to Windows Phone in September 2013 following an extended period of discussion about whether there was "adequate interest in the platform" to justify a release, but subsequent discussions meant this fell through until now.

Last November, it introduced a "send a payment" option to Pingit which allowed customers to make a payment using just a mobile phone number instead of using their banking or card details, allowing large businesses such as insurance companies, retailers and utility companies to pay individuals quickly and easily.

Last week, a report from Forrester Research named Barclays as the most popular mobile banking provider in the UK.

The bank has introduced several other payment systems over the past few months, including the announcement of its bPay 'pay by wristband' service, which lets users pay for a transaction using a wearable device.

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