Quick Tap enabled handsets feature Near Field Communications (NFC) technology that enables users to make payments by simply waving their handset across a special contactless reader in a store.
The Samsung Wave 578 runs Samsung's own operating system, Bada, and features a 3.2in touchscreen. The sleek black handset also benefits from Wi-Fi and HSDPA connectivity, a 3.2Mp camera, A-GPS and support for a MicroSD card.
A Barclaycard, Barclays debit or Orange Credit Card is also required to use the Quick Tap service. Users must first transfer funds of up to £100 to the Quick Tap app. Once that has been completed they can make payments of up to £15 per transaction. For extra security, the app offers the option of a PIN which a user must enter before every transaction. The app also lets smartphone owners keep a check on the transactions and total expenditure taking place.
More than 50,000 stores across the UK, including Boots, Pret A Manger, McDonalds and Wilkinsons are supporting the contactless payment system.
Furthermore, Barclaycard is offering anyone who uses the service a £10 cash incentive, which will be added to their account on activation, along with 10 percent cash back on any Quick Tap purchases they make.
David Chan, CEO of Barclaycard Consumer Europe, said: "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".
The Samsung Wave 578 with Quick Tap will be available from Orange within the next few weeks.