Do you even mobile payments? (Apple Pay/Android Pay/Samsung Pay)

Do you even mobile payments? (Apple Pay/Android Pay/Samsung Pay)
You may want to argue that mobile payment platforms such as Google Wallet have been around for ages (in technology terms), but the reality is that it was Apple that really got the industry focused on this new paradigm. Shortly after, Google introduced Android Pay, and Samsung—Samsung Pay. As can be expected, with so much investment and such wide support going for mobile payments, it's (hopefully) only a matter of time until this new way of paying for stuff receives wider adoption.

But just how widely adopted is it right now? That's what we're wondering today, and by now regulars will know the drill. It's poll time! Instead of limiting ourselves and you to just one platform, however, we're going full out, listing all three major solutions—specifically ones that have the best fighting chance in an industry so ruthless. So whether you're an iPhone user, or Android/Samsung fan, your opinion matters.

For some extra insight, we though we'd split the poll options into two categories: US and the rest of the world. So if you're not living stateside, please indicate so. We'll do the bean counting later.

Let's go!

Do you make use of mobile payments? (Apple Pay/Android Pay/Samsung Pay)

(USA) Yes, Apple Pay
(USA) Yes, Android Pay
(USA) Yes, Samsung Pay
(NON-USA) Yes, Apple Pay
(NON-USA) Yes, Android Pay
(NON-USA) Yes, Samsung Pay
(USA) No



1. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

"Do you even mobile payments?" Sorry sir, but you're under arrest. That meme wasn't dank enough.

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Do you even poll PA? How many countries are there available for this?

28. Predator-X

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 07, 2016

Pa is bit silly .. These pays are ONLY avail. in USA ..

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Where is the option NON-USA third party app? I use the banks app for mobile payments

17. KParks23

Posts: 725; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

Never tried nothing does it work ok? I tried this android pay for the tap 10 promotion downloaded everything put my card on then foud out that the promotion is not avaliable to everyone and not available to me so i deleted it..

25. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

It works like it should work. No pincode needed for payments under 25$ and it works with just the screen on (no need to start the app or unlock the phone).

4. Shocky unregistered

Most of us don't have the option to use either Samsung or Android Pay yet. Will I use them when they're available? yes, but we've been waiting for this for years already so I won't hold my breath.

5. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

You'll be banned, set on fire and buried at sea for this kind of talk! Don't you know that Samsung/Android Pay is the best thing in the history of everything ever!?? I know because I'm well informed by many, many people on this forum who'll be along shortly...

11. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Hyperbole, the last refugee of the man with no argument. What was said was that it's a better implementation than the others. Nobody said it was the greatest thing ever. They all need work to make them a viable wallet replacement. They all have their problems. Compared to a simple swipe, Samsung Pay isn't really more convenient. Compared to the chip insertion, it actually speeds things up, so in that case its better.(Why is the chip reader so slow? And how is it more secure without a PIN, and with a RFID code someone can read from your back pocket?)

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yep it is great because I don't have to guess the places it doesn't work. So far I've gone to 3 places where it didn't work. But one place was simply that location. I went to the same business at another location and it worked fine. With Apple Pay and Android Pay equally is the only option is NFC. Which means you may NEVER get to use it depending on what country you live in and the merchants terminal type. If Samsung can work with Pulse or STAR systems in the USA, they won't need to get individual banks on-board like Apple is doing. The fact you are trolling so early in the morning is sad. Samsung Pay works, whether you like it or not. It is the best system since it supports both types of mobile payments, whether you like it or not. You don't have to like something for it to be better, as it is better within itself and doesn't require you judgment call.

27. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

It obviously doesn't work for Shocky up there does it? It doesn't matter how good a system is if it doesn't work for YOU. Over the last few days I've seen endless chatter about how Samsung pay is accepted everywhere by everyone and how amazing it is and how everyone else's methods suck. Well I didn't even realise that was the usual USA-centric hyperbole (to use ted's terminology). So It seems that it doesn't really work outside the USA and Korea? That's amazing. The system might be the best ever but quite a few people live in the rest of the world you know. You all put down Apple Pay but you know what? I can use it in the UK so it's infinitely better for ME. You two are a couple of the biggest Samsung/Android propaganda trolls on this site so don't say a word to me about trolling. tedkord up there says I have no argument - well then please explain how Samsung pay is better than other methods for me, in Europe, where approximately 0% of retailers will accept it? I don't have a problem with the system, its implementation or roll-out, I have a problem with all the bulls**t talked on this forum to put down other companies by people like you two.

30. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Never said it was better for you. It's a better implementation, because it offers more options. I never said Apple Pay sucks, you simply believe that's the implication because I said Samsung Pay was better. Both have their strengths and weaknesses. Apple has more banks on board, but it's useable in a tenth as many places. Samsung has fewer banks, but is useable nearly everywhere. The best coat for someone in Alaska isn't going to be the best for someone in Hawaii.

34. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

It is a better implementation because it covers more bases, however you're still generalising to the US (or Korea) because no-one in any other part of the World can use Samsung Pay. For those people it isn't usable at all. In Europe, for now, Apple Pay is better simply because is CAN be used. All things being equal Samsung Pay would be better but all things aren't equal yet. If someone bought an S6 outside the US they may well have upgraded to the S7 by the time Samsung Pay becomes usable which means they were basically ripped-off on a stated feature. Apple's done the same with iTunes Radio in the past which wasn't available outside the US for ages (not that I was interested in what some smug "Beats" DJ's would choose to play anyway!). It's just not right to use blanket statements such as Apple Pay being usable in "a tenth as many places", which is only true in the US/Korea. Worldwide I'd imagine that figure becomes very different unless you're prefixing it with "potentially".

37. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

So UK is now Europe? UK isn't even 10% of Europe, so please apple pay aren't that much more wide spread. And the gap will get smaller and smaller.....

36. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Why do you even care ? Sheep like you don't use other than icrap phones anyway.....And btw, samsung pay is coming to the UK this year.....

38. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Is it here now? No. People like you keep convincing me to stay with Apple products because it seems that owning Android turns you bitter and makes you use crappy "i" puns all the time.

41. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

People like you makes me sick and do a very good job in making sure I'll never be using anything with fruits on. I will never in my life be on the same side as you better knowing, self-centered ego sheep....

6. Nallaikumaran

Posts: 61; Member since: Sep 14, 2015

The beauty of Samsung Pay is it uses NFC AND MST. That's the big advantage of Samsung pay. It supports both worlds so you've the choice. On modern terminals, you can use NFC and on older MST.

14. mrochester

Posts: 1020; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

That only makes sense in countries where MST is even a thing still. In the UK it's not.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So! His post covers both. It doesn't matter what technology is available where. Can you not see that? It makes sense no matter what country you live in. If you country w=still uses Magstrip, then Samsung Pay works. If your country uses NFC, Samsung Pay works. There is no need to even mention what technology works in your country unless you have a phone that only works with one or the other.

31. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's a moot point. If you have an iPhone, you can't use Samsung Pay. If you have a Samsung phone, you can't use Apple Pay. And I don't think either one is going to drive many people to change on its own.

7. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Right now I'm using a Moto G 3rd gen. However, even if I had a device with NFC, would not use it. These company like Home Depot and Targer can't secure a cc, no way going that route. Best way to eliminate headaches is by using paper.

8. surethom

Posts: 1715; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Because Google Is Pathetic & has STILL not released Android Pay outside America, then i cannot use mobile payment, so still have to use my contactless payment

9. King_bilo

Posts: 115; Member since: May 20, 2015

Would have been better if you separated the USA and non-USA votes. The USA votes are distorted

10. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

This poll would only hold relevance if it was restricted to users in the US and UK. The rest of the planet at large simply don't have Apple/Android/Samsung Pay.

18. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I would add to you list Japan and So. Korea.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31287; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sucks that I can only choose one. Apple & Samsung Pay for ya boy.

13. Modest_Moze

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

I would, but it will be a looooong time till ANDROID PAY comes to Lithuania and even then like 25% shops will have that here at the start. Waiting...

15. ph00ny

Posts: 2052; Member since: May 26, 2011

I use both Android Pay and Samsung Pay Samsung pay is more handy but my damn bank is not on the supported list yet and i will end up using android pay for that one

32. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

See, I'm just the opposite. I want to use Android Pay to get the free Chromecast, but my bank isn't on board (Chase). But Samsung Pay has it. Oh, well. What're you going to do?

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