LINK (UK)

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LINK
LINK (interbank ATM network - emblem).png
Operating area United Kingdom
Members 36
ATMs 66,700
Founded 1985

LINK is a shared interbank network of automated teller machines (ATMs) operating in the United Kingdom. The network counts 36 member institutions, of which many are various banks and building societies issuing LINK ATM cards, and the remainder are independent ATM operators who do not issue cards.[1] The network connects 66,700 ATMs - virtually every ATM in the United Kingdom.[2] The number of LINK free-to-use ATMs has continued to grow and overall ATM numbers are at an all time high.[3]

Following the Government's Giving Green Paper, LINK announced plans for charity giving at ATMs in May 2011.[4][5]

The LINK network infrastructure is operated by VocaLink, a company formed in 2007 by the merger of LINK Interchange Network Limited and Voca Limited. The LINK ATM scheme is a separate entity which is run by the Scheme members.

In addition to providing the core ATM transaction switching and settlement service to LINK network members, VocaLink Limited provides outsourced ATM, card and mobile payment services and provides access to Post Office counters for basic banking transactions.[6][7][8]

LINK also offers a prepay mobile phone top up facility at 50,000 ATMs.[9][10]

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  1. ^ "Members". LINK. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "About LINK". LINK. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "LINK Statistics". LINK. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  4. ^ https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/78906/Giving-Green-Paper.pdf%7Ctitle=Green Paper
  5. ^ "Press Release". LINK. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "Card issuing". VocaLink. Retrieved 17 Oct 2011. 
  7. ^ "Mobile phone top-up". VocaLink. Retrieved 17 Oct 2011. 
  8. ^ "POS acquiring". VocaLink. Retrieved 17 Oct 2011. "VocaLink has successfully enabled over 30,000 individual Post Office counters ... to introduce and support a wide range of basic banking transactions." 
  9. ^ "Mobile phone top-up". Retrieved 17 Oct 2011. "a quick and easy way for pay-as-you-go mobile phone users to top-up their phones from over 50,000 cash machines across the UK....The LINK mobile phone top-up service is available at cash machines displaying the top-up logo..." 
  10. ^ APACS, Banking industry update on new Faster Payments Service, February, 2008.

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