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Orange and Barclaycard introducing mobile payments (Updated)

It’s just a small entry on page 5 of today’s London Telegraph Business section. Indeed it’s only 6 paragraphs of text – maybe 150 words. But it’s explosive news for the UK mobile payments sector.

For years as both consumers and mobile industry cheerleaders, we’ve been sat waiting for something like this to happen — whilst the associated parties, the operators, banks and fulfilment companies, have been sat staring at each other across the room. Like 11 year old girls and boys at their first disco.

Finally Orange has stepped up. They’ve announced a deal with Barclays Bank’s Barclaycard so – if you’re a customer – you’ll be able to pay for items at checkout by simply waving your handset at a reader.

Details are sketchy at the moment – I will be learning more information shortly, which I shall bring to you pronto.

Vodafone? T-Mobile? HSBC? First Data? Where are you?

Updated:
Here’s more information on the partnership.

By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

12 replies on “Orange and Barclaycard introducing mobile payments (Updated)”

Cor blimey! could be earth-shattering news Ewan!!! Keep us all informed as this could be mega. Well it will be once all Operators offer it; and reseller options are available for the likes of us…..which offer us more than 3p in the pound revenue-share!!!

As always with mobile/payment solutions, any fool can announce it (and get a single column on page 5 of a single paper), but it will all be in the execution, and like a million other mobile professionals out there please excuse us if we don’t hold our breath as we’ve seen it all come and go before 😉

Cor blimey! could be earth-shattering news Ewan!!! Keep us all informed as this could be mega. Well it will be once all Operators offer it; and reseller options are available for the likes of us…..which offer us more than 3p in the pound revenue-share!!!

As always with mobile/payment solutions, any fool can announce it (and get a single column on page 5 of a single paper), but it will all be in the execution, and like a million other mobile professionals out there please excuse us if we don't hold our breath as we've seen it all come and go before 😉

So… another NFC trial?
Blazing the trail ahead, sorry behind, O2 and ready to roll out on a whopping zero mainstream handsets!

We have seen the future, and it's nearly a column inch somewhere inside the Telegraph. Does this count as going past the asymptote?

Yep I got the Luup communication too..

“We are now working with banks and financial institutions around the world to offer mobile payments to their customers and merchants. This enables us to offer an expanded and improved service globally, however we will no longer be offering services directly to customers and merchants in your region.”

Seems they're simply sacking off the D2C play, which frankly they should have done 3 years ago… Good pioneering company, but were not gaining traction..

If anyone remembers, they sprung up initially to try to get around the e-money restrictions surrounding mobile payments. Hope they fair better going forward.

Yep I got the Luup communication too..

“We are now working with banks and financial institutions around the world to offer mobile payments to their customers and merchants. This enables us to offer an expanded and improved service globally, however we will no longer be offering services directly to customers and merchants in your region.”

Seems they're simply sacking off the D2C play, which frankly they should have done 3 years ago… Good pioneering company, but were not gaining traction..

If anyone remembers, they sprung up initially to try to get around the e-money restrictions surrounding mobile payments. Hope they fair better going forward.

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