Orange adds Samsung Wave 578 to Quick Tap NFC payments


Samsung device running Bada operating system will become the second handset to support Quick Tap payment system following launch on Tocco device in May

The Samsung Wave 578 (pictured) will be the second handset to be compatible with Orange’s Quick Tap near field communication (NFC) payment system.

The Wave 578 uses Samsung’s own Bada operating system, and comes with a 3.2 inch screen and a 3.2 mega-pixel camera.

Barclaycard, Barclays debit card and Orange credit card users can use Quick Tap by putting up to £100 on a pre-paid card. The money can then be spent at more than 50,000 outlets equipped with NFC terminals.

Stores that have installed the terminals include branches of Prêt a Manger, EAT, Little Chef, Wembley Arena, Subway, Wilkinson and McDonalds.

Barclaycard is offering customers who join the QuickTap scheme a £10 joining reward and 10 per cent cashback on all Quick Tap purchases for the first 90 days.

Orange director of propositions Simeon Bird said: “We’re pleased to be offering the Samsung Wave 578, which is the next in a range of Quick Tap enabled mobiles we have planned for the UK.

“Only on Orange will customers benefit from the greater convenience and control over their high street purchases which Quick Tap provides them with.”

Orange launched Quick Tap on the Samsung Tocco in partnership with Barclaycard in May. Last month, Everything Everywhere director of mobile payments and ticketing Jason Rees said that take up had been “in line with expectations”.

O2 is set to launch its own mobile money service, O2 Wallet, which will include an NFC payment element, before the end of the year.