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?
Here’s more information on the partnership.