UK mobile phone operator Orange has started offering the Samsung Galaxy S II dual core smartphone which comes with NFC capabilities.
The device, which is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, comes with a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touch screen with 16 million colors. The Samsung Galaxy S II also has a dual core 1.21 GHz processor and an 8MP camera with LED flash.
The inclusion of NFC in the Galaxy S II signals that UK mobile phone operators are preparing to release their own mobile payments services, just as their counterparts in the United States.
Samsung, which was first to launch an Ice Cream Sandwich powered smartphone, has confirmed that it will be giving full ICS treatment to the popular device.
Orange is offering the device for free with plans starting from £41 for a 24 month contract. Samsung's Galaxy S II is one of the most popular Android smartphone's around, giving stiff competition to Apple's iPhone.
It was recently revealed that the Galaxy S II had topped the UK sales chart, beating the iPhone 4S, for the month of December. The device has been the top selling device in the UK for the past 8 months.