European carrier Orange announced today that the company will have NFC (near-field communications) services for contactless payments in the UK, Spain, France, and Poland starting from Q2 of this year. Orange will bring in other European markets later on. The carrier hopes by the end of 2011 over half of its smartphones will be NFC enabled.
Carrier combo Everything Everywhere - Orange and T-Mobile UK - has announced a partnership with Barclaycard to roll out contactless mobile payments in the UK come Q2 2011. The system will use Gemalto secure UICCs and work in over 40,000 stores from the off, and require users have either a Barclaycard or Orange credit card account.
Carrier Orange is pushing for NFC (near-field communications) compliance on more than 50-percent of the new smartphones it offers by the end of 2011, as part of a greater drive to support the short-range wireless technology. According to Telecompaper, Orange has adopted a new generation of NFC-supporting SIM cards which should be rolled out across its European operations in the second half of 2011.
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If you are a UK tablet computer geek that has been lusting after an iPad for Christmas this is your chance to get one on the cheap. Orange has announced a new low price for the iPad if you don't mind signing away 24 months of your wireless freedom.
If you are a UK geek that has an iPad on the shopping list for the holidays, you need to be watching Orange and T-Mobile stores. The mobile carriers are both expected to start selling the iPad directly from the retail stores at a subsidized discount for buying a 3G mobile plan and signing away some of your wireless freedom.
More details on the Orange Mobile WiFi 3352 are out, and it seems there's more to this MiFi than meets the eye. An update to the original MiFi 2352 we reviewed all the way back in June 2009, the MiFi 3352 debuts Novatel Wireless' MiFi OS, the customizable widget, app and content platform the company has been promising us for a while now.
The Novatel Wireless MiFi 3352 we spotted undergoing GCF testing last week has been made official, with the 3G mobile hotspot launching on Orange UK. Full specifications for the MiFi 3352 are unknown - the carrier tells us battery life is "generally about 5 hours" - but according to the press release it has the same on-board app support as the MiFi 2352, together with some "customisable widgets."
Orange UK has announced its pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Tab, confirming both monthly rolling contracts and twelve-month plans. The Tab is priced from £499 ($802) with a year's agreement, or £515/£529 ($827/$850) on a variety of monthly plans. Existing Orange mobile or broadband customers will also save £5 ($8) per month on their Tab line rental.