Apple Pay in the UK, setup and and how to fix a Santander error


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At the time of writing,  currently the following UK banks fully support Apple Pay:

  • American Express
  • first direct
  • HSBC
  • NatWest
  • Nationwide
  • MBNA
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Santander
  • Ulster Bank

With the following banks coming soon (probably Autumn 2015):

I mainly bank with Lloyds but as they’re not available as yet, I thought I would try my lesser used Santander 123 Card.

Setup is very easy, Open the Passbook app (on iOS 8.3+) and either manually type details into the app or take a photo of your card (for the extra lazy or inaccurate) and your iPhone will read some of the information of the card. Doesn’t matter which way you do it.

Adding a card to Apple Pay Passbook

Screenshot of how to add a card to Apple Pay Passbook

You then accept Santander’s agreement (nice long Sunday afternoon read) and this is where I had a problem. I received a text message saying

We’ve not been able to complete your Apple Pay registration on your iPhone for your card ending xxxx. Please call us on on 0800 068 6698 to check your card.

Having called that number I was quickly put through to a nice man who told me that since I haven’t use my card for transactions in shops in a very long time, they and Apple Pay just needed to verify I still had the card and also confirm my mobile phone number. A few checks later I was asked the easiest way to fix the problem is to get some cash out at an ATM or buy something using the card in a shop and will help ‘revitalise’ the card. My words, not theirs.

Off I popped to the ATM, came back home, went through the setup again which progressed the setup further. I received a further text message asking me to enter the verification number into Passbook and job done! My card is now ready to use.

Where can I use Apple Pay in the UK?

Well lots of shops have started to accept the card including Lids, the Post Office, M&S, New Look, Pret and JD.

Shops accepting Apple Pay in the UK including Waitrose, M&S, Costa and Startbucks

Shops accepting Apple Pay in the UK including Waitrose, M&S, Costa and Startbucks

You can also use your iPhone 6, iphone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 to buy in shops and In App purchases and the rare Apple Watch can of course be used in shops but not for In App Purchases.


How do I use Apple Pay?

Apple Pay symbols at checkoutAll you have to do is hover your phone over the contact less payment machine just look out for the Apple Pay logos to be on the safe side. Your phone doesn’t have to come out of standby, you don’t have to open Passbook, it all happens seamlessly and of courset will require you to authorise the purchase as expected by either using TouchID or the PIN on your phone.


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20% off Marks and Spencer instore voucher

23/11/2013Christmas 2013, General, Home Deals

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M&S 20% of voucher


Marks and Spencer are offering 20% off on 24th November and 25th November on instore purchases.

Looking at the terms and conditions, you can’t use it on sale items, furniture and phone  orders as well a few more exclusions but if you’re looking to buy something in particular it will be worth the visit.


View more Marks and Spencer promo codes.


The Fragrance Shop discount codes including 20% off discount code

21/11/2013General, Special Occasions

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The Fragrance Shop


The Fragrance Shop have a few discount codes out at the moment that work on most of the special offers on the website including gift boxes.

Current Fragrance Shop Discount Codes

  • Discount Code: SC20
  • Description:  20% off all orders
  • Expiry Date: 1/12/13
  • Discount Code: FRAG15
  • Description:  15% off all orders
  • Expiry Date: 1/12/13
  • Discount Code: TFSXMAS30
  • Description:  £2 off £30 (6% off)
  • Expiry Date: 1/12/13
  • Discount Code: TFSXMAS50
  • Description:  £5 off £50 (10% off)
  • Expiry Date: 1/12/13
  • Discount Code: TFSXMAS100
  • Description:  £12 off £100 (12% off)
  • Expiry Date: 1/12/13

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Fragrance Shop Bargains and Special Offers

Elizabeth Arden Splendour for £11.05 (Save £36)

A good place to start is the Early Bird Offers section (which work with the above discount codes). I ended up opting for the Elizabeth Arden Splendor Eau De Parfum for £12.99 (already £35 off)  but after 20% off comes to £10.40. Choose the Click and Collect option to get it delivered to a store for free.

For the guys you can go for the classic Davidoff Cool Water for £21.25 with free delivery.

If you spend over £40 delivery is free anyway and if you spend £60 or more it’s free NEXT day delivery.



Check out our other discount codes and special offers on perfumes and fragrances for him and her on our main site we we not only have The Fragrance Shop discount codes but all AllBeauty (aka CheapSmells), Boots promo codes, Look Fantastic discount codes and lost more.


Buyer Beware: LG Televisions track what you watch, tell advertisers and then make money of it

20/11/2013General, Technology

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LG LogoIf you’re buying a television this Christmas or during the obligatory sales you may want to think twice before purchasing an LG Smart TV.

It’s been reported the the South Korean firm tells advertisers what channel you’re watching and watching files are on your USB drive:

  • Tell LG what channel you’re watching and when you change channel
  • Tell LG what files you have on your external hard drive or USB drive
  • Allow advertisers to target you and show “relevant” on YOUR purchased TV

The setting that allows this is to happen is in the Options window of the Menu and it’s switched on by default but what’s even worse this is that it seems that the setting you use to switch this “feature” off, doesn’t actually work!

The blogger who found out this information got in touch with LG Electronics and received this nonchalant response from the helpdesk.

Good Morning

Thank you for your e-mail.

Further to our previous email to yourself, we have escalated the issues you reported to LG’s UK Head Office.

The advice we have been given is that unfortunately as you accepted the Terms and Conditions on your TV, your concerns would be best directed to the retailer. We understand you feel you should have been made aware of these T’s and C’s at the point of sale, and for obvious reasons LG are unable to pass comment on their actions.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us again.

Kind Regards

LG Electronics UK Helpdesk
Tel: 0844 847 5454
Fax: 01480 274 000
UK: [premium rate number removed] Ireland: 0818 27 6954
Mon-Fri 9am to 8pm Sat 9am-6pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm


As some of the commentators point out, uploading viewing habits is not considered personally identifiable information, but sure if the filesnames on your USB drive do contain a name, then it could become identifiable?

Is LG the only one doing this? Probably not but if you value you’re privacy and don’t want to have to see even more ads on a television you’ve already paid for, then you may want to check out the privacy policy and features of your shiny new TV.

Information provided courtesy of DotorBeet’s Blog.


25% off BHS Discount code for August 2013

20/08/2013Fashion Deals, General

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BHS LogoThis week is BHS Bonus Week and there’s an offer of 25% off all items and 10% off furniture and electricals until Sunday with a special discount code.

I’ve been looking for some duvet covers and came across a couple of bed sets that didn’t cost the earth. There’s the Complete Reverse Bedding Set which was £30 but in the sale is £24. After the discount code it becomes £18.
I also ordered the Montanna Bedding Set which was £25 but after the sale and the BHS discount code it becomes £15!

Since the order is more than £30, delivery is also free but you could collect from a store too.

  • Expired: 26th August 2013
  • Exclusions: Some sale items.

Codes: Get BHS Discount Codes | See all See more Fashion Discount Codes


£20 off £100 Boots promo code on Mother & Baby


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Boots Promo Codes If you’re about to buy your supplies for the little one, just released is a  Boots promo code for £20 off £100 on Mother and Baby products.

We’ve checked the promo code and it works on car seats, pushchairs, nappies and formula so it’s a great way to save money on baby products.

  • Code: BABY20
  • Expires: 2nd August 2013

We’ve also get other Boots promo codes that give various discounts including a 10% off £60 promo code and £50 off No 7 Collections which can be viewed on our main Boots Promo Codes and Discount Codes page.

Current offers that will maximise your savings include 1/3 off pushchairs, 20% off baby monitors and 2 for £8 on baby nappies.


Weekend Shop: Not to be missed special offers and promotions


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December is here and Christmas deals and promotions are taken up a notch. Let’s take a look at the best promotions offered by retailers this weekend.

5. Godaddy Discount Codes and Coupons

For anyone looking for cheap domain names or hosting, this has been a fantastic week as Godaddy has dropped their prices on domain names to just £1.25 for .com domans and £1.99 for domains. Godaddy have extended the offer through this weekend. Ends 3/12/12.

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4. Boots Better Than Half Price deals and discount codes

Lots of big deals to be had at Boots with plenty of discount codes flying around from fragrances to mens electric shavers and Blue or Pink Inno Tab 2 from about £43. There’s also triple points on offer too on orders over £60.

View Boots voucher codes


3. BHS Half Price Hampers from £31.10 with Free delivery

BHS have half price sweet and savoury hampers starting from £35. Use our voucher code and it’s yours to enjoy for £31.10 with free delivery. View BHS Voucher Codes and Deals

2. Superdry 20% off Daily Deals

Today sees the start of Superdry’s special offers month. They’re offering  20% off each day on one mens and womens clothing item, only catch is the offer only lasts for 24 hours. Fingers cross you can find something suitable.

View Superdry Voucher Codes and Deals








1. Homebase 15% off discount code

 Valid until 3rd December, enjoy 15% off voucher code for Homebase online and until Sunday 2nd December. Keep an eye out for double discounts on already discounted products including kitchen units, dining room furniture and flooring.

View Homebase voucher codes



We’ve launched the best money saving voucher and discount site in the UK!


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Welcome to the newest but most technical advanced coupon, voucher and discount code website in the UK! We’re ready to bring you the hottest deals from the top retailers in the UK!

From Tesco to John Lewis to Apple, we’ll have you covered with the best money saving vouchers!


So stay tunes and don’t forget to register and you cold win a prize! (We haven’t quite decided what that will be yet.