The really weird and confusing MEGA-FRAGMENTATION of the UK’s NFC payments scene has just got a little more bewildering, with Orange announcing a deal with Barclaycard to incorporate its Quick Tap NFC system in the Galaxy S III.
The arrival of the Orange and Barclaycard payment system also sees the two companies agreeing to stick a bonus £50 of credit into the accounts of any “new or upgrading” users of the network who take up the offer of a Galaxy S III.
A free £50 to spend on sweets and magazines would make us sign up. If we had an SIII. And if we were on Orange. Still, it’s there if you want it. Here’s a thing from Orange:
Orange and Barclaycard announce first Quick Tap Android Smartphone with the Samsung Galaxy SIII
Orange Samsung Galaxy SIII to be the first Android device to feature Quick Tap contactless payment technology
New and upgrading customers taking the Orange Samsung Galaxy SIII from 5th September will be able to load money securely onto their handset using any UK MasterCard, Visa, Debit or Credit Card
New and upgrading Orange Samsung Galaxy SIII customers who activate the service between 5th September and 5th October receive £50 to spend free
Orange and Barclaycard today announced plans to launch the first Android smartphone compatible with the Quick Tap contactless payments service. From the 5th of September, new or upgrading Orange Samsung Galaxy SIII customers with a UK MasterCard or Visa card can now use Quick Tap, enabling them to make mobile contactless payments nationwide.
From 5th September, Orange customers who take out the Samsung Galaxy SIII from Orange Shops, Orange telesales and via the Orange web site will be able to use their handset to make convenient and secure contactless payments of up to £20 by simply tapping their phone on the payment terminal at tills across the country. Getting up and running simply involves downloading an app and activating the secure Barclaycard service. Customers who activate the service between 5th September and 5th October 2012 will also receive £50 free to spend using their phone.
Simeon Bird, Director of Propositions, 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, 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.”
The Samsung Galaxy SIII with Quick Tap will be available from Orange shops, www.orange.co.uk and via Orange telesales from 5th September 2012 on Pay Monthly plans. For £36 a month customers will receive unlimited minutes, texts and 1GB of data.