UK smartphone owners can now pay for low-ticket items using their handsets, with the launch of a scheme from Barclaycard and Orange.
Dubbed Quick Tap, the service harnesses voguish Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to enable users to swipe their phone over a reader to pay for goods.
Some 50,000 outlets across the UK are participating in the project, including Eat, Subway, Pret A Manger and McDonalds with users able to charge goods up to a value of £15 per transaction.
Users will also be able to make on-the-go money transfers via Quick Tap of up to £100.
However, before you get too excited, the only phone that currently supports the service is a specially launched Quick Tap edition of the mid-range favourite the Samsung Tocco Lite.
Also limiting usage is that if you want to also carry out money transfers you’ll need to have a Barclaycard, Barclays debit card or Orange credit card.
On the plus side, though, Orange plans to roll out the service to a slew of phones in the months ahead - suggesting that after years of hype touting NFC as the NEXT BIG THING in mobile, it could now finally be set to enjoy its moment in the sun.