British consumers who would like to take advantage of the first contactless payment system on the market may have to trade in their mobiles and switch to Orange.

The network, in conjunction with Barclaycard, has announced the launch of Quick Tap, designed to allow customers to purchase items on the high street with their handsets.

Transactions worth up to £15 can be settled by brushing a Quick Tap-enabled mobile against an electronic reader.

More than 50,000 stores around the country have signed up to support the technology.

David Chan, chief executive officer at Barclaycard Consumer Europe, said: “[People will] be able to do this, safe in the knowledge that this is a secure technology brought to them by the biggest names in payments and mobile technology.”

Earlier this month, Orange confirmed that it is exclusively stocking the new Motorola Atrix device, which has been dubbed the world’s most powerful smartphone.

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