Everything Everywhere sees potential in NFC

Everything Everywhere, the parent company of T-Mobile UK and Orange UK, said Thursday it would roll out a commercial contactless mobile payment service by early summer.

The initiative builds on last year’s partnership between Orange and Barclaycard, which introduced a contactless payment system based on NFC, in the form of a credit card rather than a phone.

The Orange-branded credit card allows customers to make purchases of £10 or less by waving their card over a reader at the point of sale. Automated SMS alerts allow the user to keep track of spending, set budgets and receive reminders about payment due dates.

Going forward, Everything Everywhere will be working with handset manufacturers to incorporate technology that will allow users to pay for goods and services with their mobiles at more than 40,000 retailers, by simply waving their mobile phone against a contactless reader.

The launch proposition will focus on an industry backed, SIM-based approach to payments ensuring enhanced security for customers, as well as to initially provide a single point of customer care contact. MasterCard will provide the payment capability for the contactless mobile transactions.

Commenting on the announcement, Gerry McQuade, chief development officer at Everything Everywhere, said: “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.”

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