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Metro Bank is one of the so-called ‘challenger banks’ – a plucky upstart taking on the starched suits of Barclays, Lloyds and co.
So it’s a little surprising to find the company behind the self-proclaimed “revolution in British banking” is turning back the clock and dropping support for Apple Pay and Google Pay – at least for a few months. What’s going on?
“Working on improvements”
Metro Bank isn’t making life harder for customers, of course. It’s “working on improvements”. But for some bizarre reason, it appears those “improvements” result in access to Apple Pay and Google Pay being withdrawn for several months.
The company has sent the following boilerplate letter to its customers:
In the letter, Metro Bank says
The services will be switched off on December 4 2018 and won’t return until “the middle of next year”.
It’s not clear whether this switch off will only affect business customers – who are less likely to be using Apple Pay and Google Pay in the first place – or whether it applies to consumers, too.
Either way, it’s a mystery why it’s taking six months or longer to fix. You’d assume it’s not a serious security issue, as Metro Bank isn’t shutting down the services immediately.
We’ve asked Metro Bank for an explanation. We’ll let you know if the company gets back to us.
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