Orange UK and Barclaycard have announced the availability of the popular Samsung Galaxy S III for their Quick Tap NFC payment service, as they seek to spur interest in their as yet little-used service.
The Quick Tap-ready version of the phone, the first new handset made available for the payment service for many months, will become available Wednesday, said Orange and Barclaycard. Users will be able to tap to pay for purchases with it of up to £20 (US$31.77) with a Barclaycard-issued prepaid application supporting MasterCard PayPass. The application will be stored on NFC SIM cards issued by Orange.
Up until now, Orange UK has apparently had only two phones on sale for Quick Tap, including the 2G Samsung Tocco Lite, which Orange and Barclaycard introduced when they launched the service in May of 2011. They later added the Samsung Wave 578. Orange later withdrew the aging phones from its stores, though the Quick Tap versions of the phones could still be used for the payments service for subscribers who carried them.