The UK’s first mobile wallet has arrived, and it’s Samsung’s Tocco Quick Tap, on Orange.
Though we reviewed the Tocco Lite quite a while ago, there’s one major difference here; an NFC-compatible SIM-card. This means contactless payments are possible- that is, once you’ve gone through the relatively lengthy check-in procedure.
Once you’ve checked-in and assigned a Barclaycard account (that’s mandatory) you’ll get a nice bonus of £10 to spend within the first 30 days of activation.
There’s even 10% cash back on all Quick Tap purchases made in the first three months- that’s at least a coffee, hopefully.
We’ll be giving the contactless payment system a go later this week.
Although the phone itself is looking a bit dated, the Quick Tap system itself is impressive, and Orange look like they’re trying to make the most of it. You’ll find a set of contactless cards, with NFC chips embedded in them. Some are even stickers.
Activated when they get near the phone’s ‘quick tap area’ on the back, some contain messages, whilst others will redirect your phone to (Orange) websites, top-up pages, and even type up a message ready to take advantage of Orange’s two-for-one cinema deal.
The Samsung Tocco Quick Tap handset is available on pay-as-you-go, costing £59.99, or free on monthly contracts from £10 per month for two years.
Click on for more on those in-box cards, and our gallery.
And here’s the contents. Clockwise from top left; headphones/hands-free headset, USB-Tocco cable, AC adapter, Tocco Quick Tap, NFC contactless cards, user manual and pay-as-you-go card, read-me first Quick Tap instructions.
The phone itself is almost indistinguishable from the Tocco Lite.
It’s black, it has a touchscreen, FM radio, but there’s no 3G singal, and no WiFi, although all the contactless payment functions appear free to use.
No Android buttons here- but a back button, and call and hang-up buttons do the rest. There’s a touch-screen keyboard when needed.
On the back, you;ll find a nice approximation of the quick tap area to direct towards pay terminals. (The NFC SIM-card is actually located a bit higher, but we guess the battery can take a bit more pounding.)
Like the Tocco Lite, there’s a 3.2 megapixel camera.
Taking off the rear cover, you’ll find space for the special NFC SIM and a microSD card.
The backing sides off, so there’s no need to dig your fingers into the sides.
This is what you’ll need to use the mobile wallet; the Tocco Quick Tap, and Barclaycard bank account and special NFC SIM card- currently only Orange offers these.
Once you’ve turned the phone, enter into the Quick Tap app and you’ve begun. Tap it against the final page of the starter manual to check it works.
Reminiscent of the Nintendo 3DS, the device comes with a set of cards. But cheery 3D games don’t pop out of these. Instead, each adds a clever shortcut.
Through NFC technology, the phone interacts with these cards. Some are even stickers.
One of the included cards- and the cleverest, this one creates a text message to send for Orange’s two-for-one cinema ticket deal. Again, hovering your phone over the card starts the process.
There’s even a customisable one. We’d advise making a Recombu web-link one.
Here’s the mobile wallet; once you’ve synced the phone and your bank account, you’ll be able to see your balance and even transfer more money from your account. £10 comes gratis, following activation.
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