Barclaycard brings the bling

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Barclaycard is adding a touch of bling to contactless payments, teaming up with high street fashion retailer Topshop on a range of NFC-enabled bracelets, phone cases and keychains.
The second Topshop x bPay collection consists of accessories in a luxe metal and snake effect design, that each hold the small bPay by Barclaycard contactless chip, which links to a secure digital wallet.

The new range has six pieces – two bracelets, two phone cases and two robot keyring trinkets – with prices ranging between £25 and £32 including a bPay NFC chip. The metallic and snakeskin effect accessories are being billed as the “luxe”, premium collection following last year’s bright and funky Monster Fish series.

Launched by in 2014 – initially as a wristband – bPay is available to anyone with a UK-registered Visa or MasterCard, debit or credit card, not just Barclaycard and Barclays customers.

Users add funds to their digital wallet on-the-go using a mobile app, online through the bPay web portal, or set up an automatic top-up which adds funds when their balance falls below a pre-set level.