Quick Tap uses NFC technology which enables users to pay for items in store using their smartphone. The service, which is provided by Barclaycard, supports payments up to £20 and is compatible with Visa and Mastercards.
In order to pay for items in store you merely pass your mobile past the NFC reader in a retail outlet. You don't even have to enter a PIN to pay, while a download application ensures the service is secure and also enables you to view your payment history.
More and more retail outlets are adding support for NFC with Subway, McDonalds and Little Chef all already supporting NFC payments via smartphones. It won't be long before the payment method is supported all over the high-street which should reduce queues !
The Samsung Galaxy SIII With Quick Tap is the first Android smartphone to support the service and all those registering for the service on their Galaxy SIII between September 5th and October 5th will receive £50 to spend using their phone.
Orange are offering the Samsung Galaxy SIII with Quick Tap free on a contract costing £36 a month which gets you unlimited minutes, texts and 1GB of data.