Orange and T-Mobile customers will be able to pay for low-ticket goods using their smartphones, it has been announced.
The brands’ umbrella company Everything Everywhere plans to introduce Near Field Communication (NFC) technology enabled SIM cards this summer. When inserted in handsets, users can simply swipe their mobiles over a reader to pay for items in 40,000 retail outlets across the UK.
Gerry McQuade, Chief Development Officer, Everything Everywhere, said: “This is the beginning of a revolution in how we pay for things on the high street. It’s a cultural shift that is as important as the launch of the personal credit card or ATMs.
“We’re making something that’s been talked about for many years a reality and very soon, using your mobile to buy a sandwich, a cinema ticket or in time, even something bigger like a computer will simply be the norm.”
The company’s announcement comes amid forecasts that NFC, which is already used in Oyster cars on the London Tube system, will become increasingly widespread this year.
Google is already onboard after incorporating NFC tech in the Android powered Nexus S and rumours are afoot that it’ll also be feature of the next generation iPhone and iPad.