UK’s Orange Expands Quick Tap To Android Phones

Orange continued its push to stay at the forefront of mobile payments in the United Kingdom, expanding its Quick Tap contactless payment system to handsets powered by Google Inc.’s Android operating system.

The French mobile-network provider did not provide specifics about which Android handsets would accept Quick Tap, but in an April 13 press release it said the system would work for all UK credit and debit cards in the Orange mobile wallet.

Orange’s addition of Android phones counters Barclay Bank PLC’s introduction in early February of the Pingit mobile-payment application for person-to-person payments in the competitive UK marketplace (see story).

Last June, Orange parent Everything Everywhere Ltd. announced it would participate in a joint venture to share marketing and technology with European telcos to create a Near Field Communication-based mobile wallet (see story).

A month earlier, Barclaycard and Everything Everywhere had partnered to make Quick Tap technology available in the United Kingdom on Samsung Group handsets (see story).

Quick Tap allows handset users to make transactions of up to £15 (US$24 or 18 euros) when waving a compatible phone over a terminal reader.

More than 70,000 retail outlets, including Subway and McDonald's, accept the Quick Tap technology in the UK. 
Orange's system links a user's mobile handset to their Quick Tap account, which can store £150 in total at any one time, Orange announced in a press release.

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