UK’s First NFC Mobile Payments Service Launched
Orange and Barlaycard have launched the UK’s first contactless mobile payments system – QuickTap – allowing consumers to make purchases using their mobile phone.
The nationwide service, which has been rolled out to over 50,000 stores, allows for payments of £15 and under by tapping the mobile device against a specially designed reader.
The service can be used by those who have a Barclaycard, Barclays debit card or a Orange credit card and a QuickTap enabled handset, the Samsung Tocco. An QuickTap app has been developed as part of the service allowing users to transfer funds (up to £100) and to store electronic statements.
David Chan, CEO of Barclaycard Consumer Europe, commented:
“This is the first time that customers can use their mobile to pay for goods and services in shops across the UK rather than using cards or cash. They’ll be able to do this, safe in the knowledge that this is a secure technology brought to them by the biggest names in payments and mobile technology.”
Pippa Dunn, Orange Vice President, stated:
“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.”
Stores who are already signed up include Pret a Manger, EAT., Little Chef, Wembley Arena, Subway, Wilkinson and McDonalds.
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