Orange and Barclaycard have announced that the Samsung Galaxy S III will be the first Android smartphone to utilise a contactless payments service.

Samsung Galaxy S III users will be able to load their phone with money from their MasterCard, Visa, debit or credit card and make payments of up to £20 by tapping their phone on NFC payment tills, in participating retail shops.

The service will be available from 5 September and new and existing Orange customers who upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy S III between then and 5 October will receive £50 free on their smartphone to spend. 

“We are really excited to be launching Quick Tap payments on one of the most popular smartphones of the year,”  said Simeon Bird, director of propositions, Orange UK.

“Contactless mobile payments are a secure and convenient alternative to cash and cards and we are pleased to be the first network brand in the UK to offer its customers such an innovative service.” 

The Samsung Galaxy S III is already fitted with an NFC chip, but in order to use Barclaycard’s contactless payment service customers must download the free Quick Taps app to activate the service.