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Orange and Barclaycard form mobile payments partnership

Mobile phone company Orange and credit card provider Barclaycard have formed a new partnership to jointly develop a range of contactless mobile payment services.

In a statement, the companies said the co-branded technology will eventually allow a combined customer base of 28 million people to pay for goods and services by waving their phone handset against a reader.

Initially aimed at the retail market, the platform could be subsequently rolled out to areas such as transport and ticketing.

Orange and Barclaycard also intend to work together on a new range of mobile alerts and banking applications.

The companies said the move has the potential to be the "biggest revolution in payments since plastic cards were introduced over 40 years ago".

Barclaycard chief executive officer Anthony Jenkins said he envisages that customers will be able to pay for everyday items using their mobile phone "within three years".

A recent survey of British consumers by Ingenico found that 41 per cent would either consider using or would definitely use mobile payment technology, mainly because of the convenience it offers.