Boon Adds a Virtual Card to your Apple Wallet

Those of us who are stuck with a UK bank that doesn't seem to be interested in supporting Apple Pay (hello fellow Co-operative Bank customers!) might be interested in trying out Boon, which just launched on the App Store.

Wirecard today announced the UK launch of its new mobile payment solution, boon. Download the boon app and sign up to experience the easy, secure and private way to pay with Apple Pay. boon is based on an automatic app-to-wallet integration via a prepaid account with a digital MasterCard, issued by Wirecard Card Solutions. This allows users to top-up their account via Faster Payments, debit or credit card. boon works at any NFC-enabled terminal everywhere the MasterCard contactless logo appears. The boon app has an intuitive user interface and fresh design that represents the modern, individual lifestyle.

I'm testing out the service myself—signing up was a breeze, and the fees seem reasonable, if you just want to have an Apple Pay option for the odd time you need it. Perhaps the rise of digital-only payments will put a bit more pressure on the UK bank hold-outs. Here's hoping.