Android phones can be used as credit cards with Orange
Contactless payment has taken off in a big way over the last 18 months and a number of mobile phone network operators are rolling out the system.
Orange is the latest phone operator to introduce a contactless payment system to Android phones and all UK credit card and debit card accounts.
It has yet to be announced which Android handsets will be able to operate the ‘Quick Tap’ system.
The contactless payment system allows transactions of up to £15 to be made simply by waving a phone near a reader. In June, the maximum amount will rise to £20. A number of major retailers including Subway, McDonalds and Pret a Manger are among the 70,000 outlets that accept the technology.
There are already 15 million contactless cards in circulation in the UK and the figures are growing.
By 2013, there are expected to be over 130,000 places in the UK where consumers can make contactless payments. This could extend to stores such as Tesco, Waitrose, Boots and Co-op.
Barclaycard currently has a phone application that will help to process your payments and manage your account.
The Orange contactless payment system, already in place, works in conjunction with Barclaycard. However, a new part of Quick Tap called Open Load will allow card holders to access cash from any bank account.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Jason Rees, Director of Mobile Payments and Ticketing for Orange UK, said: “When combined with the ability to use it with credit or debit cards from all the major UK banks, then even more people will be able to experience the simplicity and convenience of shopping with their phone.”
Orange will be announcing which compatible handsets can be used in the next couple of weeks.