Orange and Barclaycard customers will soon be able to pay for a sandwich or movie ticket with a swipe of their mobile phone.
Orange’s parent company Everything Everywhere, said the UK’s first commercial contactless mobile payments service would launch in early summer.
Gerry McQuade, chief development officer for Everything Everywhere said it was 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.”
Customers would be able to swipe their mobile phones against a contactless reader to pay for things at over 40,000 retailers.
“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,” Mr McQuade said.
Orange and Barclaycard signed a strategic partnership in 2009 to bring the service to market.