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Samsung Galaxy S3 on Orange becomes first Android handset to get Quick Tap NFC payment system

The popular Samsung Galaxy S3 has become the first Android smartphone to get Quick Tap NFC functionality, after the purchasing service rolled out to the device today.

A joint venture between the mobile network Orange and Barclaycard, Quick Tap enables users to pre-load their handset with up to £150 via credit or debit card and then make individual payments of up to £20 by simply tapping their handset at NFC payment points.

"We are really excited to be launching Quick Tap payments on one of the most popular smartphones of the year," said Simeon Bird, director of propositions at Orange UK.

"Contactless mobile payments are a secure and convenient alternative to cash and cards and we are pleased to be the first network brand in the UK to offer its customers such an innovative service," he added.

New subscribers to Orange opting for the latest Samsung Galaxy flagship smartphone, as well as existing customers upgrading to the S3, will be able to enjoy the expedited payment method immediately.

The only downside is that owners of the handset already with the colourful network won't get access to Quick Tap – at least not yet.

"We are working to make the service available for existing Orange Samsung Galaxy S3 customers by the end of October," a company spokesperson said, following a query by ITProPortal.

Currently, the Barclaycard-powered smart purchasing stations are in place at select heavy footfall high street eateries like Pret a Manger, EAT, and Subway; and also at Wembley Arena and on the M6 Toll Road.

For potential subscribers not totally convinced by the merits of making purchases with their smartphone, Orange is offering a £50 sweetener as part of its latest deals. Simply sign up and the dosh gets credited straight to your account so you can start enjoying pedestrian sandwiches for free without delay.

The Quick Tap S3 roll out comes not long after Orange announced it would begin issuing NFC-ready SIMs to its customers, in partnership with Gemalto.

Does contactless payment via smartphone have a bright future? Or will it end up as the mobile payment equivalent of the Sega Dreamcast? ITProPortal wants to hear your views.