Barclays has finally promised to bring its popular mobile payment application Pingit to Windows Phone users.
Microsoft’s platform has been left off the Windows Phone operating system for over a year as Barclays has continued to cite a lack of user base as the reason for not offering it alongside availability on Android, iPhone and BlackBerry devices.
However, the firm has now said that after extensive feedback from customers it has decided to bring the tool to the Windows Phone 7 and 8 platforms. Barclays did not say specifically when this would happen but told V3 it would be "soon".
The announcement was made amid a wider review of the firm’s future mobile banking offers. These also included making it possible to setup new payees from the mobile app, and touting its new Cloud It service, first unveiled last week.
Barclays also announced that it would be considering “alternative contactless devices” for making quick purchases under £20, hinting that it could offer “mini debit cards” for these purposes.
In a statement Catherine McGrath, Barclays managing director for Retail Bank, said the firm hoped the future developments would help customers take advantage of easier ways to manage their money.
“With industry switching now up and running we know that consumers have plenty of different options when it comes to choosing their bank – and we want to ensure they have plenty of options when it comes to banking with Barclays," she said.
Mobile payment technologies are becoming increasingly important for banks and service providers, with Visa announcing earlier this year that it expects to process over 50 million payments per month by the end of the year.
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