UK MOBILE NETWORK Orange and Barclaycard have announced that the Samsung Galaxy S3 will be the first Android phone to take advantage of the Quicktap NFC payments technology.
Thanks to Orange, Samsung Galaxy S3 users will be able to load their handset with up to £150 from their debit or credit card and make payments of up to £20 by tapping their phone at NFC payment points in participating shops. This list currently includes the likes of M&S, McDonalds and EAT.
The service will be available to customers from tomorrow, and those who activate the service within the next month will receive £50 to spend for free.
Simeon Bird, director of Propositions at Orange UK said, "We are really excited to be launching Quick Tap payments on one of the most popular smartphones of the year.
"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."
Tom Gregory, head of Digital Payments at Barclaycard added, "Barclaycard is committed to making paying for things faster, safer and easier. With the launch of Quick Tap payments on the Samsung Galaxy SIII, Barclaycard is bringing a safe and secure new way to pay to customers of all UK banks.
"Mobile payments are safe and have a full fraud guarantee and we've seen ever growing numbers of people using contactless to make quick and secure payments of up to £20." µ