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Orange rolls out pre-paid contactless cash card with Mastercard

Orange has introduced its Orange Cash pre-paid card, which uses Mastercard's PayPass contactless card technology for purchases under the value of £15.

Orange has introduced its Orange Cash pre-paid card, which uses Mastercard's PayPass contactless card technology for purchases under the value of £15 wherever the contactless symbol is displayed.

The card costs £5 and can be loaded with funds of up to £5,000 to make purchases online, in shops and withdraw cash at ATMs. The card can be topped up at PayPoint stations in some shops, petrol stations and Post Offices.

Pippa Dunn, vice-president of Orange propositions, said the card also offers rewards for other Orange products and services and can be accessed via customers' mobile phones.

"After registering their card, customers can access the main features of their Orange Cash account from their mobile to keep up to date on any transactions," said Orange in a statement.

"The announcement follows the launch of the Orange contactless credit card in 2010 and this year's roll out of a commercial contactless mobile payments service on Orange," said Orange.

According to Barclaycard, there are 11.6 million contactless credit and debit cards already in circulation. Barclaycard has provided 10 million contactless-enabled Visa debit and credit cards to its customers.

Several retailers have rolled out contactless terminals, including the Co-operative food store and coffee shop chains Eat, Little Chef and Pret A Manger.

Orange's near field communication (NFC) payment system will be launched later this year in partnership with Barclaycard.

The card was developed by card services provider, PrePay Solutions.

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