Samsung Galaxy S3 adds Quick Tap NFC payments

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is to become the first Android phone to be made compatible with the Orange and Barclaycard Quick Tap contactless payment system, the two companies have confirmed.

Set to be made available to consumers from tomorrow, Wednesday September 5th, the Quick Tap enabled Samsung Galaxy S3 will line up as the first smartphone running Google’s Android OS to make use of the NFC utilising payment system. Current handsets compatible with the Orange and Barclaycard service include the Bada filled Samsung Wave 578 and the Samsung Tocco.

With the Quick Tap app to be made available for existing Orange S3 owners to download, users will be able to use their MasterCard or Visa Debit card to pre-load their handset with up to £150. Whilst only transactions up to the value of £20 can be made through the device a broad selection of retailers including McDonalds, M&S, Eat and Subway currently support the Quick Tap payment receivers.

As an added bonus to early adopters, those who snap up a new Orange branded Samsung Galaxy S3 between September 5th and October 5th will see Barclaycard credit their Quick Tap account with £50.

Allowing users to do away with physical cash, as well as their chip and pin cards, the Quick Tap service utilises the handset’s inbuilt NFC technologies to make speedy, contactless money transfers. Whilst the service offers instant payment options, those concerned with security can add a touchscreen-based PIN to their device’s payments.

Launched earlier this year as the third-generation iteration of Samsung’s latest flagship handset line, the Samsung Galaxy S3 has marked itself out as one of the first true iPhone challengers. Pairing a 1.4GHz quad-core processor with an expansive 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display, the Samsung Galaxy S3 features a stunning 1280 x 720p image resolution.

With 1GB of RAM onboard alongside and 8-megapixel rear-mounted camera and a second, 1.9-megapixel, forward-facing snapper, the Samsung Galaxy S3 looks likely to go head-to-head with the Apple iPhone 5 later this month as the iPad manufacturer readies the release of its own quad-core powerhouse.

Are you a Samsung Galaxy S3 owner on the Orange network? Will you be making use of the new Quick Tap service or are you happier paying with cash? Let us know via the comments boxes below or through the Trusted Reviews Twitter and Facebook feeds.

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