Orange and Barclaycard have revealed plans to launch a new service that would enable people to use their mobile phones to pay for goods in supermarkets.
Chips in mobile handsets would allow consumers to simply run their phones under a scanner to purchase items worth £10 or less.
The companies suggest this will be an easier method of payment than the credit card, as pin numbers and signatures would not be required.
Orange UK’s chief executive Tom Alexander suggested that the service is just the beginning of a new era in how people pay for goods.
"Today you pay for things by cash or on your credit card. Tomorrow, you’ll use your mobile to buy the things you want, whether that’s on the high street or the internet," he remarked.
Orange operates one of the UK’s largest mobile phone networks, with a customer base of more than 17 million people, according to its official website.