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Contactless payments service heads up High Street

The outfit with the crappest name on the planet, Everything Everywhere, said it is teaming up with credit card merchant Barclaycard to offer the UK's first contactless mobile phone payment service by early summer.

In a statement, Barclaycard and Orange, said they thought 'contactless payments' will be "the biggest revolution in payments since credit cards were introduced in the UK by Barclaycard over 40 years ago." Orange is part of Everything Everywhere - sort of Some-here and Some-there, a bit like its network coverage.

"This is the beginning of a revolution in how we pay for things on the high street," burbled Gerry McQuade, EE's chief development officer, in said statement. "It’s a cultural shift that is as important as the launch of the personal credit card or ATMs."

He added: "Very soon, using your mobile to buy a sandwich, a cinema ticket or in time, even something bigger like a computer will simply be the norm.

The new offering from Orange and Barclaycard will enable customers to use their mobiles to pay for goods and services at more than 40,000 retailers that use 'contactless' technology, by simply waving their mobile phone against a reader.

The pair said they've ensured that "customers’ transactions and personal data will be protected and secure" - at first.

Contactless mobile phone payments will use the MasterCard payment system and feature as part of the wider Orange portfolio of products, developed in conjunction with Barclaycard, and which already features a contactless co-branded credit card as well as the forthcoming contactless Orange Cash prepaid payment card.

The release says there are already 42,500 live Barclaycard contactless terminals in retail outlets including Pret a Manger, EAT, Little Chef and, soon apparently, Co-Op.