Mobile phone carrier Orange UK and Barclaycard have just announced the launch of 'Quick Tap', the very first contactless mobile phone payments service in the UK, offering users the possibility to pay for goods straight from their mobile devices.
The new service would offer users the possibility to make purchases of £15 and under all around the country, all based on Barclaycard's contactless payment technology,
Users can pay for items anywhere they see the contactless payments symbol, such as shops and cafes like Pret a Manger, EAT., Little Chef, Wembley Arena, Subway, Wilkinson and McDonalds. You can have a look at the video embedded below to learn more on how it works.
“Orange and Barclaycard today launch 'Quick Tap', the UK's first contactless mobile payment service which allows consumers to make purchases on the high street using their mobile phone for the very first time,” the duo announced.
“The landmark launch means that from today, in addition to using contactless cards or chip and PIN, consumers can simply tap their mobile phone on a contactless reader at tills in over 50,000 stores to make purchases £15 and under.”
The service comes to all Orange customers who have a 'Quick Tap' enabled handset in their hands. A special version of Samsung Tocco Lite, one of the best-selling smartphones at Orange, was launched for this, called Samsung Tocco Quick Tap.
The handset was made available on pay as you go and pay monthly price plans, Orange announced, adding that even more devices would be added to the lineup in the near future.
“Barclaycard, Barclays debit or Orange Credit Card users can transfer funds of up to £100 simply and securely onto the handset's Quick Tap app, after which the phone is ready to make payments of £15 and under in a single transaction,” the carrier also notes.
Quick Tap compatible handsets would feature on their screens the user friendly payment application, which includes info transactions, including electronic statements detailing Quick Tap purchases, offering users the possibility to stay on top of their spendings.
The launch also comes with £10 cash from Barclaycard added to Orange customers' accounts at activation, complemented by 10% cash back on all Quick Tap purchases during the first three months.
“Mobile Contactless Payments from Orange and Barclaycard have been developed and rigorously tested to ensure customers' transactions and personal data will be protected and secure, with users having the option to enter a PIN on their handset before each transaction providing an additional layer of security,” the duo announced.
The launch would also include a secure SIM-based approach to mobile payments, which would enhance the security of transactions for customers, while offering a single point of contact for users.
Moreover, the two companies announced that the launch enjoys support from MasterCard, who would offer the payment capability for the contactless mobile transactions.
“Contactless transactions on mobile phones benefit from the same 100% fraud guarantee as standard Barclays and Barclaycard transactions nationwide. Since contactless mobile payments are processed online, if a customer cancels their phone because it is lost, damaged or stolen, no transactions can be completed,” the duo continues.