Contactless mobile phone payments hit the UK
Are you one of the, ahem, millions of people who have a Samsung Tocco phone on the Orange network? If so, you can rejoice as you can now use it as some kind of futuristic debit card thing!
Orange have teamed up with Barclaycard and have launched Quick Tap, a contactless payment system using the Tocco, the first of its kind in the UK, and apparently the future of paying for stuff.
Once they’ve got the Quick Tap app, punters load up their phone with up to £150 from a debit or credit card. Then, when they come across a shop with contactless payment facilities, they pay for stuff by waving the phone around until the money falls out of it. We think that’s right anyway.
Transactions are limited to a maximum of £15 and are all logged by the app. The same protection that is afforded to credit card customers will be in place in case a phone is stolen and fraudulently used.
Earlier on BBC Breakfast, a tall, nervous man who knows about these things said that it’s the future, and used the phrase ‘high penetration’. Which was a bit weird for 7.55am but we’re happy to believe him.