A new mobile phone payment method has been unveiled by Orange that it claims is the "biggest revolution in payments since plastic cards were introduced over 40 years ago".
The new system will allow consumers to pay for goods in shops using their handset by waving it over a reader.
However, at present the value of the goods in a single purchase cannot exceed £10.
Orange plans to extend the scheme in months to come to enable people to buy goods in ticketing, transport and for rewards.
The system works through RFID chips which will be inputted into Orange handsets.
Tom Alexander, chief executive of Orange UK, said: "Today you pay for things by cash or on your credit card. Tomorrow, you'll use your mobile to buy the things you want, whether that's on the high street or the internet."
Antony Jenkins, chief executive officer of Barclaycard, echoed Mr Alexander’s optimistic view of the technology.
Mr Jenkins commented: "There has been a lot of talk about mobile payments and now it's going to become a reality for our customers."
In future, Orange and Barclaycard plan to team up on mobile alerts, banking applications and servicing capabilities.