Orange and Barclaycard 'to enable contactless mobile payments'
10 March 2009 — 10:04 AM
Orange has teamed up with Barclaycard to help customers pay for goods and services using contactless mobile technology using the latest phones.
A long-term strategic partnership between the two companies is aimed at also providing banking applications and mobile alerts to help people with their personal finances.
To buy products, consumers will be able to simply wave their mobile phone over a reader that will then signal for their account to be debited.
It is hoped some 28 million users will be able to benefit from the initiative, Orange announced.
"Today you pay for things by cash or on your credit card," remarked chief executive officer of the group's UK arm Tom Alexander. "Tomorrow, you'll use your mobile to buy the things you want."
A television advert highlighting Barclaycard's contactless technology is currently broadcasting on British screens, featuring a man travelling through a city on a water slide. He uses his card to pay for various services and items on his way home from work.
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