Orange UK Launches NFC Based Mobile Payments in 50,000 Retail Stores
Published on: 20th May 2011
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Orange UK has launched a contactless mobile payment service with NFC based readers installed in over 50,000 shops around the country. The service is being offered in partnership with Barclaycard and will work for payments below £15.
Mobile payments will be accepted at stores nationwide including Pret a Manger, EAT., Little Chef, Wembley Arena, Subway, Wilkinson and McDonalds where contactless payments are currently accepted.
The service will be available to Orange customers who use a 'Quick Tap' enabled handset. Launching with a Quick Tap enabled version of the Samsung Tocco Lite, the Samsung Tocco Quick Tap will be available on pay as you go and pay monthly price plans, with more handsets expected to follow.
Barclaycard, Barclays debit or Orange Credit Card users can transfer funds of up to £100 onto the handset's Quick Tap app, after which the phone is ready to make payments of £15 and under in a single transaction.
It was not clear if or when the companies plan to offer automatic top-ups of the in-handset accounts.
The new devices use NFC technology, and builds on existing contactless payment technology with 12.9 million contactless credit and debit cards already in circulation, of which over 11.4m have been issued by Barclaycard and Barclays.