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Tuesday 11 December 2018


Starling Bank enables Fitbit payments

Written by Chris Lemmon

Customers of Starling Bank will now be able to make payments through their Fitbit Ionic device, after registering their Mastercard debit card to the device.

Fitbit Pay can be easily set-up on Fitbit Ionic by following simple steps within the Fitbit mobile app on Android or iOS devices to add a debit card to the Fitbit Wallet. To make a payment, users press and hold the left side button until the debit or credit card is seen on the Fitbit Ionic screen, and hold the watch against the payment terminal until a confirmation of the payment appears on the Ionic screen.

Using an industry standard tokenisation platform, the user’s card information is never revealed or shared with merchants or Fitbit. Plus, a protected PIN is chosen by the user during device set-up for an added layer of protection.

Anne Boden, founder and CEO of Starling Bank, said: “Starling Bank was founded to empower consumers to take control of their money and better manage it on the move, so Fitbit Pay is a perfect partner for us as we continue in our mission to improve our customer’s financial wellbeing. Having successfully launched other payment platforms in September, we are delighted to be the first bank in the UK to offer Fitbit Pay as we expand our work to make secure, digital payments easier for all.”

Des Power, senior vice president of Fitbit International, added: “We’re delighted to work closely with Starling Bank to bring contactless payments to its customers in the UK, expanding the reach of Fitbit Pay to even more markets across the globe. By working with banking institutions globally, we have the opportunity to expand our reach around the world to drive engagement with existing customers and attract new ones.

“Fitbit Pay presents an opportunity for us to bring our mission of helping people around the world get healthier to millions of people by delivering new and exciting experiences through their banking partners. Fitbit Pay delivers on this by making it easy for users to pay for items while on the go – no wallet or smartphone required.”

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