Feeds

Blighty's first touch-to-pay phone goes on sale today

Orange-led axis wins UK mobe tapcash race

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Orange has won the race to get UK punters paying with a wave of the phone, launching its Barclaycard-backed Quick Tap service today on the back of MasterCard's PayPass network.

As of this morning you can use a mobile phone to pay for stuff in the UK, assuming it's the right mobile phone, and you have a Barclaycard account, and you're prepared to pay in advance to charge up the "Quick Tap" system, and you can find one of the 50,000 locations in the UK that will accept such a payment. Once all that is in place then you're good to spend as much as £15 with a wave of the handset, with the user about to specify if a PIN should be required.

All the mobile operators, and most of the manufacturers, will be offering this kind of functionality in the next six months or so, but Orange is the first brand to have handsets in shops: or, more accurately, "a handset" in the shops.

That handset is the Samsung Tocco Quick Tap: a Samsung Tocco Lite with NFC, and SWP, dropped into the case. SWP (Single Wire Protocol) means Orange can put the Quick Tap application on the SIM, and that one could take the SIM to another handset to move the prepaid account. That's pretty theoretical at the moment, but it's how the operators would like proximity payments to work.

Everything Everywhere, of which Orange is half, said in January it would be launching such a service in collaboration with Barclaycard this summer, and sure enough the Orange Quick Tap account can only be charged up using a Barclaycard or Orange Credit Card account.

MasterCard is providing the payment infrastructure for the service, via its PayPass network (so don't try and use your Quick Tap at the Olympic Games, where only Visa's PayWave will work). The payment processing and account management platform will be managed by Barclaycard, but provided by Gemalto who'll also be providing the SIMs needed.

Barclaycard is handing over an electronic tenner to anyone prepared to be at the cutting edge of mobile payments, and ten per cent cash back on everything spent in the first three months, which should make the service a little more attractive despite the lack of hardware support.

The infrastructure and services needed for paying with a wave of the mobile phone have arrived, now it's up to us to decide if we really want them while we start exploring some of the properly cool stuff NFC can do. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.