Abbey National and Orange launch first cashpoint phone credit service

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Abbey National and Orange launch first cashpoint phone credit service

Nick Huber
Abbey National has become the first UK high street bank to launch a mobile phone credit service via automated teller machines (ATMs).

The Mobile Top-Up service will be available to any of Abbey National's 15 million customers who have an Orange pay-as-you-go mobile phone. By the end of the year they will be able to buy phone credit from any of Abbey National's 3,000+ ATMs across the UK.

In March Computer Weekly reported discussions between the UK's main mobile phone operators, high street banks and the Link cash machine network to set up this type of service.

Orange and Abbey National developed the Mobile Top-Up service with Euronet, a provider of secure electronic financial transaction solutions. Roll out will begin with a pilot scheme this month, and full coverage across the UK is expected to be completed by the autumn.

Top-ups will be available in values of £10, £20, £30, £40 and £50. Customers will follow a few simple steps via the ATM screen and credit will appear on their phone within seconds.

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