U.K. mobile operator Orange has announced that it will expand its Quick Tap contactless payments service to NFC-enabled Android handsets, according to The Telegraph.
Originally available only on the Samsung Tocco and Samsung Wave 578, Quick Tap lets users make contactless mobile purchases of up to £15 at nearly 70,000 retailers around the U.K., including McDonald’s, Subway and Prêt a Manger.
Rather than loading credit and debit cards onto a mobile phone like Google Wallet, Quick Tap links a user’s handset to their prepaid Quick Tap account, which can store up to £150 at any one time.
However, Jason Rees, Orange’s director of Mobile Payments and Ticketing, indicates that the addition of credit and debit accounts to Quick Tap may be right around the corner.
“When combined with the ability to use it with credit or debit cards from all the major U.K. banks, then even more people will be able to experience the simplicity and convenience of shopping with their phone,” commented Rees.
Orange will announced which particular Android handsets will receive the service in the coming weeks.
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