Samsung Pay Stories August 18

As COVID-19 rages on, the best way to stay protected is by getting vaccinated, and now, more places in the US and abroad are making vaccines a requirement for entry. To help you bring your card around, Samsung Pay will soon be able to house your COVID-19 vaccine information.

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Samsung Pay Stories January 14

Samsung Pay is done with MST now that Galaxy S21 series drops the feature

Mobile payments have become a really useful tool, but they’re still not accepted everywhere. Samsung broke that rule with its clever MST tech that could emulate a traditional card, but with the Galaxy S21, Samsung is done with MST for payments.

Samsung Pay Stories May 27, 2020

‘Samsung Money’ adds a physical debit card to Pay w/ account, more [Updated]

Samsung Pay is pretty sweet. Using a combination of NFC and MST you can pay with your phone at just about every store and, in turn, leave your wallet behind. Now, though, Samsung has announced that it’s adding a physical debit card to Samsung Pay in the form of “Samsung Money by SoFi.”

Samsung Pay Stories March 18, 2020

Samsung Pay dark theme appears to be rolling out now

After complaints from users for some time, Samsung Pay looks as though it is gaining a dedicated dark theme, thanks to its latest app update.

Samsung Pay Stories February 7, 2019

Atom Tickets adds Google Pay, Samsung Pay support for buying tickets, uses ‘Save to Google Pay’

If you’re an Atom Tickets user, buying tickets for your next theater outing is about to get a whole lot easier. The popular service has announced today that it is adding support for both Google Pay and Samsung Pay.

Samsung Pay Stories January 14, 2019

Samsung Pay is causing major battery drain on some devices

Samsung Pay is causing some severe battery drain on some Samsung devices, with some users claiming battery usage as high as 60% in some cases. Samsung is yet to acknowledge these Samsung Pay issues officially.

Samsung Pay Stories May 4, 2018

Samsung Pay adds cash back program w/ exclusive offers on select purchases

Samsung Pay is a great way to pay using nothing but your phone, especially thanks to the MST technology that makes it possible to pay even without an NFC terminal. This week, Samsung is adding a new feature to Samsung Pay which rewards users for using the service…

Samsung Pay Stories April 9, 2018

Samsung Pay finally adds support for PayPal several months after announcement

PayPal is a preferred method of managing money for a lot of people, and that’s because it makes everything really easy, for the most part. Last year, Android Pay (now Google Pay) and Samsung Pay both announced support for the service as a payment method, but Samsung never came through. Now, though, it seems the switch has finally been flipped on.

Samsung Pay Stories October 10, 2017

Wells Fargo promised cardless ATM withdrawals using Android Pay, Samsung Pay and Apple Pay back in March, and has today announced that the facility is available at more than 5,000 machines across the USA.

A customer can initiate an ATM transaction by signing into leading mobile wallet features, such as Wells Fargo Wallet for Android, Apple Pay, Android Pay or Samsung Pay, found on mobile phones. They simply hold their phone or wearable device with mobile payment functionality near an NFC-enabled ATM terminal. Wells Fargo ATMs enabled for this feature will display a “contactless symbol” decal on the front of the ATM.

Weirdly, however, you’ll use your ATM PIN rather than fingerprint to authenticate …

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Samsung Pay Stories July 27, 2017

It was reported earlier today that Samsung is working to bring its contactless mobile payment solution to non-Samsung smartphones. While the NFC aspects of the app could easily be used by other devices, the company would need to find a way to feasibly bring its MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) technology to other handsets.

If Samsung found a way to bring Samsung Pay and all of its features to other smartphones, would you use it?

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Ever since the Galaxy S6, one of the unique and powerful features of Samsung’s flagship smartphones has been Samsung Pay. The ability to use your phone to pay for things using both NFC and older MST technology essentially makes Samsung’s payment service accepted anywhere, and according to a new report from Gadgets360, Samsung might be working on bringing this technology to non-Samsung phones.

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Samsung Pay Stories July 17, 2017

Samsung just announced a new partnership with PayPal, bringing support for the online financial giant to its popular mobile payment service. Starting today in the US and coming to other markets soon, PayPal users will be able to add their account and use funds just like any other bank to make purchases wherever Samsung Pay is accepted. Customers will also still receive Samsung Pay benefits like rewards points and gift cards.

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Samsung Pay Stories May 16, 2017

Samsung Pay has finally launched in the UK, as expected after two Samsung UK reps gave the game away earlier this month.

It’s not the most comprehensive of launches, however, with just three banks supported so far – none of which are in the so-called Big Four …

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Samsung Pay Stories May 1, 2017

May 16 tipped to be Samsung Pay’s launch date in the United Kingdom

Contactless payments are the future, there’s no doubt about it. Apple and Google know this well, and so does Samsung, which is looking forward to expand its Samsung Pay service beyond the US and the homeland of Korea…

Samsung Pay Stories March 6, 2017

As Android Pay and Apple Pay continue to expand around the globe, Samsung today launched its mobile payment platform in India. The official announcement comes after the company teased the launch last month and allowed users to signup for early access last week. If you signed up last week, the service has now gone live.

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Samsung Pay Stories December 15, 2016

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According to Business Korea, a Samsung official has stated that the company is looking to “pre-install Samsung Pay in Samsung Electronics’ smartphones to be released from next year”.

This, the report clarifies, means essentially all models but a few low-end ones…

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Samsung Pay Stories November 29, 2016

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Six months ago Samsung started rolling out its mobile-based payment system in Europe starting with Spain. At the time, the company did plan to bring Samsung Pay to the UK but according to several sources, it appears that the service won’t be arriving until next year…

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Samsung Pay Stories November 28, 2016

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Just over a week ago we learned that Samsung was going to make Samsung Pay available for all Android devices, so long as a Gear S3 smartwatch is paired to that device. Now, Samsung has pushed an update live to enable that functionality via the Gear Manager app on Android.

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Samsung Pay Stories November 18, 2016

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Samsung Pay is a feature that some take for granted, but when you look at it, it’s one of the best mobile payments service on the market today. Unfortunately, it’s naturally limited to Samsung devices only. That’s even true with the company’s wearable from last year, the Gear S2. Despite packing the hardware needed for Samsung Pay, the Gear S2 could only use the service when paired with a Samsung smartphone. However, that’s not the case with the Gear S3…

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Samsung Pay Stories November 14, 2016

Samsung introduces a new rewards program for Samsung Pay

Samsung has today announced a new rewards program for Samsung Pay called Samsung Rewards. Like many other rewards programs, you’ll now be able to rack up points just for using Samsung Pay on your Galaxy smartphone, which can in turn be redeemed for prizes such as Samsung products, prepaid credit cards, gift cards, and more…

Samsung Pay Stories September 28, 2016

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Samsung is celebrating the first anniversary of its Samsung Pay mobile wallet service by offering the chance to win one of 365 Gear S2 smartwatches in a $100,000 giveaway. The Gear S2 currently offers beta support for Samsung Pay …

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Samsung Pay Stories July 18, 2016

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One of the promised features of Samsung’s Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic was the ability to use Samsung Pay on the watch for NFC payments, and now — nearly a year later — Samsung is finally launching this functionality on the Gear S2 along with a fairly beefy update…

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Samsung Pay Stories June 2, 2016

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Mobile contactless payments are becoming an increasingly important and common feature nowadays, and following Apple‘s and Google‘s push with their respective systems, Samsung too has started to offer its service in Europe, starting with Spain…

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Samsung Pay Stories April 27, 2016

Samsung Pay can now withdraw cash from ATMs in South Korea

At its developer conference in San Francisco today, Samsung reiterated that its mobile payment service for Galaxy devices will expand to several more countries by the end of the year. In South Korea, Samsung announced that Pay can now be used to withdraw cash from an ATM.

Samsung Pay Stories March 29, 2016

Samsung Pay launches in China with nine banks supported from today

Samsung has announced that its mobile wallet service Samsung Pay has launched in China today, with nine banks supported initially, reports ZDNet. The move follows a deal struck with state-owned card-processor Union Pay at the end of last year.

Samsung Pay currently supports select credit and debit cards of nine major banks in China: China CITIC Bank, China Construction Bank, China Everbright Bank, China Guangfa Bank, China Minsheng Banking Corp Ltd, China Merchants Bank, Hua Xia Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and Ping An Bank.

Samsung Pay is supported by the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and Galaxy S7/Edge.

The move comes six weeks after rival service Apple Pay launched in China.

Samsung Pay Stories March 2, 2016

PSA: Samsung Pay now supports Wells Fargo credit and debit cards

Samsung has been aggressively pushing its mobile payment service that launched last August. With today’s addition of Wells Fargo, Samsung Pay now supports credit and debit cards from 70 banks and credit unions in the United States.

Samsung Pay Stories February 29, 2016

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Mobile contactless payments are progressively becoming more and more mainstream as major manufacturers adopt systems that can be easily used via our smartphones. While LG Pay is yet to be seen in action, Google, Apple and even Samsung all have a technology – Android Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, respectively – that allows a user to complete transactions thanks to the NFC chips contained in most recent devices.

To this day, however, Apple Pay was the only service active in the United Kingdom, leaving a good number of consumers out of the industry, as more than half of the smartphones sold in the country run Android. According to a Telegraph report, however, sources close to the matter have confirmed that Android Pay should go live across Britain within the end of next month, approximately six months after the original US debut…

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Samsung Pay Stories January 5, 2016

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At its CES keynote, Samsung announced that its Gear S2 smartwatches will come in two new metal finishes and will get Samsung Pay and iOS compatibility later this year.

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Samsung Pay expanding to Australia, Singapore, and Brazil

As part of their so called “Samsung Galaxy Ecosystem,” Samsung Pay is expanding to Australia, Singapore, and Brazil over the coming year. The mobile payment service launched in the US last September to a crowded field of Apple and Android Pay.

Samsung Pay Stories December 18, 2015

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Samsung Pay will be available in China “as soon as early 2016” after the company signed a deal with card-processor UnionPay. The deal was an essential step as UnionPay has a monopoly on payment terminals in China. Apple yesterday announced its own deal with the company for Apple Pay.

Injong Rhee, Executive Vice President at Samsung Electronics said, “The collaboration with China UnionPay, coupled with the support from major UnionPay partner banks in China, will bring this secure and easy-to-use mobile payment solution to more Samsung mobile users.”

The deal will allow Samsung Pay users to use both swipe and contactless payment terminals, but there is still some red-tape to overcome first …

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Samsung Pay Stories December 16, 2015

Samsung Pay now works with 19 new cards, including PNC Visa and KeyBank MasterCard

Samsung has announced that its Samsung Pay service has added 19 new card issuers in the USA, including ‘eligible’ PNC Visa credit and debit cards and KeyBank MasterCard credit and debit cards. The new banks and credit unions were first promised back in October.

New Visa issuers supported include TCF Bank, Central Florida Educators Federal Credit Union, Financial Center Federal Credit Union, Greater Kinston Federal Credit Union, Keypoint Credit Union, Numerica Credit Union, Utah Community Credit Union, Amegy Bank National Association, California Bank and Trust and Pentagon Federal Credit Union. Additional new MasterCard issuers supported include Achieva Credit Union, Associated Bank, Bayport Credit Union, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Cambridge Savings Bank, USC Credit Union and Navy Federal Credit Union.

A full list of supported cards and banks can be found here.

There’s still time to get a free $50 Best Buy gift card by activating the mobile payment service before the end of the year.

Samsung Pay Stories November 21, 2015

Samsung will give you a $50 Best Buy gift card if you activate Samsung Pay

Samsung really wants you to use its new payments service, and they’re even willing to give you a $50 Best Buy gift card if you get on board. To get the free gift card, you need to register on Samsung’s website and activate Samsung Pay on an eligible device between Friday, November 20th and the end of the year.

The eligible devices include Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, and Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (of any configuration). You can get the Samsung Pay app on the Play Store, and you need to register at least 1 qualifying card within the app.

Samsung Pay Stories October 28, 2015

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Support for Samsung Pay, which launched in the U.S. last month, will be expanded to thirteen more U.S. banks and credit unions “in the coming months” – with the Discover card also being added at some point next year …  expand full story

Samsung Pay Stories October 21, 2015

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With Verizon’s logo notably absent from the list of Samsung Pay U.S. launch partners, it had been unclear if or when the company might allow its customers to use the service. That uncertainty has now ended, with the app available to Verizon customers in the Google Play store. Customers on other carriers have been able to download the app since August.

You’ll need to have a compatible device, which currently means either a Galaxy S6/edge/edge+ or a Note 5. It is so far supported by cards from American Express, Bank of America, Citi and US Bank …  expand full story

Samsung Pay Stories October 8, 2015

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Samsung has said that a hack at LoopPay reported in the New York Times did not compromise any of its customer data. LoopPay’s technology forms part of the company’s electronic wallet offering, Samsung Pay.

Samsung Pay was not impacted and at no point was any personal payment information at risk. This was an isolated incident that targeted the LoopPay office network, which is a physically separate network from Samsung Pay. The LoopPay incident was resolved and had nothing to do with Samsung Pay … 

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Samsung Pay Stories September 24, 2015

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Samsung has announced that its mobile wallet service Samsung Pay has been used for more than $30M worth of transactions in its first month in the company’s home market of Korea. The company says that the number “has been beyond our expectations.”

Samsung devices are hugely popular within Korea, and the WSJ notes that the “launch was boosted by a massive advertising campaign,” so this doesn’t necessarily suggest that it will see achieve similar take-up in the U.S. when it launches on Monday – especially given the limited number of Samsung devices that support it …  expand full story

Samsung Pay Stories September 17, 2015

Samsung Pay to “gradually expand” to non-flagship smartphones

One of Samsung’s mobile execs has hinted that the company is planning to expand Samsung Pay to cheaper handsets eventually, according to a report by Korea Herald. Shin Jong-Kyun responded “it will gradually expand” when asked specifically if it would move the payment technology to budget handsets at some point.

At launch, Samsung Pay will only be available on the newest flagship phones. The company opened up its beta program to US consumers a couple of weeks back, and is expected to officially launch the payment service at the end of this month.

Samsung Pay is Sammy’s attempt to compete with the likes of Android Pay and Apple Pay in the mobile contactless payment market. The one thing it has on both those platforms, however, is that you can use it virtually anywhere that has a magnetic card strip readers, rather than being limited to just NFC payments like Google’s and Apple’s systems. Its biggest restriction is handset support. Once it’s officially live, Samsung Pay will only work on the Galaxy Note 5, S6 Edge plus, S6 and S6 Edge. For a company with the product portfolio Samsung has, that’s restrictive to say the least, especially if it wants Samsung Pay to become widely adopted and used frequently.

Samsung Pay Stories August 27, 2015

As promised, Samsung Pay beta program opens to US users

Samsung has officially launched its mobile payment service in the US. Perhaps the only catch, apart from the fact that it’s only available to customers with the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Note 5 and S6 Edge+, is that it’s being labeled beta. As of right now, there aren’t many financial institutions supporting Samsung Pay. Samsung Pay Beta is “by special invite only” and Bank of America and U.S. Bank customers with credit, debit or small business cards you can apply as long as they have a Samsung Account.

While it may not be entirely useful today, Samsung Pay does have the potential to be more ubiquitously useful than Android Pay in retail. Reason: it not only works with NFC-equipped machines, its technology also enables it to work almost anywhere there’s a card machine with a magnetic-strip reader too. Samsung officially announced Samsung Pay at its Unpacked event in March, but had to push back the public launch to September. The service officially launches in the States in one month.

If you meet the criteria, have one of the company’s newest smartphones and want to give it a try, head on over to Samsung’s beta signup page to apply.

Samsung Pay Stories August 24, 2015

Sprint Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge receiving Samsung Pay, live broadcasting via YouTube, more

The service may not be launching until next month, but owners of Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are now receiving an over-the-air update which includes support for Samsung Pay. The update, which you’ll need approximately 303MB of free storage to install, includes some other additions as well.

For starters, there’s support for live video broadcasting over YouTube, which has been a highly-requested ability from the video hosting platform ever since the launch of the competing Meerkat and Periscope apps. This is possible thanks to WatchMe, an open-source project by Google that allows app developers to integrate with the YouTube Data and YouTube Live Streaming APIs, among others.  There’s also higher quality audio output to Samsung headsets (those new Level On headphones, perhaps?), UI updates, and the usual bug fixes.

Samsung Pay is Samsung’s mobile payments app and service that is different from other solutions from Google and Apple because it includes the ability to pay at nearly any credit card terminal. It does this through the use of MST technology, the same thing used in the magnetic strips on the back of all credit and debit cards.

While Samsung Pay is expected to work in far more places than Android Pay and Apple Pay currently do, Verizon Wireless here in the States is still evaluating whether or not to allow the service onto the Samsung devices it sells, according to a representative from the company speaking to 9to5Google.

The update could take several days to hit devices. You can check manually by visiting Settings > About phone > System updates.

Samsung Pay Stories August 18, 2015

Is it happening again? It might be happening again. Verizon Wireless is still evaluating whether or not to support Samsung’s soon-to-be-launched mobile payments service, Samsung Pay, on its devices, according to a representative we spoke with from the company.

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Samsung Pay Stories August 13, 2015

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In addition to announcing new Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 smartphones today at its event, the South Korean handset maker has announced the official launch date for its mobile payment service called Samsung Pay. Samsung Pay was first demoed at an event in March and works differently than Google’s OS-level Android Pay as it uses Magnetic Secure Transmission technology based on its LoopPay acquisition that makes it widely compatible with point-of-sale terminals.

Starting a week from today, Samsung Pay will go live for the first time in South Korea enabling mobile payments from compatible Samsung devices. Following the initial rollout, Samsung Pay will go live in the United States starting September 28th.

In addition to launching in South Korea and the United States, Samsung says it’s targeting the UK, Spain, and China as the next markets to launch its mobile payment service. The mobile payment service was initially expected to go live earlier this summer.

As for availability, Samsung Pay is “preloaded on select Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note5 devices” while a software update coming this month will add support on Galaxy S6 and S6 edge phones. Additionally, Samsung says it will launch a limited beta for Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+ and Note5 phones starting August 25th. Full press release below:

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Samsung Pay Stories July 31, 2015

Samsung and MasterCard partner to bring Samsung Pay to Europe

Samsung Pay, the manufacturer’s contactless mobile payment service, is rolling out in Europe soon thanks to a partnership with MasterCard in the EU. Once the service launches officially, card issuers will be able to enroll in MasterCard’s Digital Enablement Services (MDES), and apply the capability to all kinds of MasterCard credit, debit, prepaid credit and small business cards.

What makes Samsung Pay a different to most mobile payment services is that it works with both Magstrip and NFC POS terminals, meaning you will be able to pay virtually anywhere that has a card machine.

Samsung Pay Stories June 3, 2015

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Samsung revealed a bit of setback today for Galaxy S6 owners hoping to get their hands on Samsung Pay this summer. As Bloomberg reports, the company announced on a call with investors today that it will miss its previous target of July for launching its mobile payment service. According to the Samsung executive, the company is now targeting sometime in September to roll out Samsung Pay in the United States and South Korea. expand full story

Samsung Pay Stories May 18, 2015

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4

Samsung has in the past taken the cover off new additions to its Galaxy Note line of phablets the day before IFA Berlin, held in early September, but according to a new report out today the successor to the Galaxy Note 4 might be coming a bit sooner…

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Samsung Pay Stories May 14, 2015

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Samsung has begun sending out an email to Samsung Wallet users notifying them that the service will no longer be available as of June 30th (via SamMobile). The email says that coupons clipped with Samsung Wallet will no longer be available after the termination date, but that all “tickets & reservations” will still be available by visiting partner applications… expand full story

Samsung Pay Stories March 1, 2015

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Hot on the heels of unveiling the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, Samsung has also announced its venture into the mobile payment industry. Cleverly dubbed Samsung Pay, the initiative will be compatible with both of the company’s latest flagship devices. Samsung Pay will launch in the United States and South Korea this summer, with Europe and China support to come at a later date.

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