Orange launches next NFC QuickTap phone

Orange launches next NFC-capable QuickTap phone
The Wave 578 takes a bow

Orange has officially announced the Samsung Wave 578 will be added to its line up - the second NFC-capable handset in its range after the re-badged Samsung Tocco Lite.

The news isn't that much of a surprise, given that the phone was added to the 'Coming Soon' section of Orange's website last week, but now we finally get a few more details.

Orange and Barclaycard, the network's partner in the QuickTap scheme for NFC payments using the phone, promised more handsets with NFC on board, and despite the Wave 578 being over six months old, at least it's a device that was designed with the contactless technology from the start.

The Wave 578 is a budget mobile device and runs on Samsung's Bada platform. It comes with a low-res WQVGA 3.2-inch screen, 3.2MP camera and Wi-Fi with Samsung's integrated social networking.

To entice customers in, Orange and Barclaycard are extending the offer to put £10 on your account when starting up the service, and 10 per cent cashback on all QuickTap purchases in the next 90 days.

A new vision

"Paying with a mobile phone means never being without the right change, and always having access to funds. That's why I believe contactless mobile is the future of payments, and I'm keen it's made available to as many of our customers as possible," said David Chan, CEO of Barclaycard Consumer Europe

"At the launch of our first contactless handset earlier this year we promised we would roll out greater choice in the 'Quick Tap' range and I'm pleased to be able to announce the first of these new handsets today."

Unsurprisingly, the Samsung Wave 578 will land on both PAYG and contract tariffs, and will be released in the coming weeks, according to Orange.

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.