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NFC payments come to Orange

Mobile phone network Orange has teamed up with Barclaycard to offer payment of goods from a near field communication (NFC) enabled mobile phone, by just waving a handset over a contact point in a store.

The first contactless payment comes to the UK under the name of ‘Quick Tap’, where a Samsung mobile phone can now be used to pay for goods in 50,000 high-street stores; such as Pret A Manger, Subway, McDonalds and Wembley Arena.

Quick Tap uses a secure SIM-based approach to mobile payments, with enhanced payment security by providing a single point of contact for customers - which works in a similar way to London’s Oyster public transport cards.

This service will be available to Orange customers who use a ‘Quick Tap’ supported handset, which are currently limited to the Samsung Tocco Lite and the Samsung Tocco Quick Tap and are available on pay as you go and pay monthly price plans.

The amount that can be held on the Barclaycard and Orange scheme is just £100 at present, where transactions are limited to £15 or under – with the same amount of protection as a normal credit card.

This new partnership by the two companies is set to change the way we pay for goods on the high street, just as long as the uptake by both retailers and mobile phone manufacturers is fairly widespread.

Check out the video below from Orange that highlights exactly how this all works.

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