Orange QuickTap Payments Available on Android for the First Time

Orange is bringing its QuickTap mobile payments system to an Android device for the first time – the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Starting tomorrow, 5 September, Orange customers with an S3 handset can use their debit or credit card to load money onto the device via an app. The phones NFC capabilities can then be used to make payments of up to £20 at the 100,000 retail locations across the UK which accept contactless payments – including M&S, McDonalds, Subway, Co-op, Pret and Eat.

The QuickTap contactless payment system launched a year ago, but until now, its only been available on Samsungs own-brand Tocco devices, which run on the manufacturer’s own OS. That seems largely down to the fact that NFC still isnt available on a wide range of handsets – the majority of Samsung Galaxy S2 handsets didnt feature NFC, or had the capability disabled by operators.

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.”