NFC phone payment is here, and Orange is the first to offer the contactless payment service, which they’ve named Quick Tap. It requires users to have either a Barclays debit card, or an Orange credit card, both of which are already available as contactless payment cards.
At the moment, the system only works on Samsung’s middling Tocco, though with that phone, you should be able to afford to buy more stuff with Quick Tap.
The Samsung Tocco Quick Tap handset will be available on pay-as-you-go, costing £59.99, or free on monthly contracts from £10 per month for 2 years.
Pippa Dunn, Orange Vice President, said: "We no longer use our mobile phones simply for talking and texting - apps, cameras and music players allow us to use them for a lot more. So, making contactless payments with your mobile is a natural and really exciting innovation which we're pleased to be leading on in the UK.
“Orange Quick Tap is the first of its kind, a service that allows you to pay for everyday items just by tapping your phone wherever you see the contactless payment symbol. It's going to start a revolution in the way we pay for things on the high street."
Running the Quick Tap app, you’ll be able to pay for goods up to £15 at what Orange say are over 50,000 locations in the UK, including places like McDonald’s, Pret A Manger and Wilkinson.
Quick Tap partner, Barclaycard, will give Orange customers an extra £10 to their account on activation, with 10% cash back on all Quick Tap purchases made in the first three months.
This is the latest in a string of new announcements regarding the roll-out of contactless payment. Yesterday, O2 announced their own ‘mobile wallet’ system, whilst Samsung have paired with MasterCard to provide NFC phones for the London Olympics. (What is NFC? Read up on it here.)