It is still true that cash is king but in a world where most of us are extremely busy, and time is limited, it seems that paying for goods is best done electronically for the convenience alone. The Samsung Galaxy S3 supports NFC, one specification that is not clear for the upcoming iPhone 5, and this allows for the flagship smartphone to integrate with a number of services that includes paying for goods with your Galaxy S3.
Today we are hearing about a new partnership between Orange, Barclaycard, and Samsung, which allows the Samsung Galaxy S3 to benefit from Quicktap NFC technology. This allows UK Galaxy S3 users to make payments with Orange and gives these people the option to credit their device with up to £150 from a card source, although the maximum amount they can spend at any one time is £20.
Where can you use the Samsung Galaxy S3 to make payments in the UK? The list of retail stores is growing, but currently we are aware of EAT, McDonalds, and Marks & Spencer. There are many more shops that support NFC payments, and as we said above this list is growing extremely fast, so expect this technology to be almost everywhere within the year.
The more handsets that support NFC payments the faster this service will be adopted in the UK – If the iPhone 5 also supports a form of NFC payment, will be known next week at Apple’s iPhone event, then you can expect this service to increase dramatically thanks to the amount of iPhone owners predicted to upgrade to the latest handset.
£50 for free to early adopters – Orange Samsung Galaxy S3 users in the UK can expect the service to go live within the next 24 hours, and we’re hearing that anyone that activates this service within the next 30 days will get £50 to spend for free as an initial promotion.
Do you like this substitute for using cash, and if you own the Samsung Galaxy S3 will you activate soon? Barclaycard’s Tom Gregory has commented on the Quicktap NFC payment option, and states that Barclaycard are “committed” to making this work in a way that speeds up paying for products and services. Time will tell if the service really makes things easier for users, so keep connected to PR as we’ll update you in the future with any feedback.
You can also see a couple of Galaxy S3 videos with Jelly Bean installed in our earlier article, and while some users would prefer Android without TouchWiz, it is worth noting that most people don’t find it a big issue.