It feels like mobile payment services are a dime a dozen these days, even though the indisputable leaders in the field are Android Pay and Apple Pay. This, however, hasn't stopped competitors like Samsung from trying to position their own apps at the top, and the company has once again expanded its Samsung Pay service into new territory: India.
Unfortunately for most people, the current rollout is only for people who have previously signed up for the service's early access program, which launched last week. While it isn't yet known when Samsung Pay will launch for all users in India, it still supports a large amount of banks: Axis, HDFC, ICICI, SBI, and Standard Chartered, with Citibank coming in the near future. Paytm accounts are also supported right out of the box, which is a welcome convenience.
The payment service, which is currently available in a number of countries, allows for easy mobile payments at almost any POS terminal, including older, magnetic stripe-based ones. Supported phones are Samsung-made only, and the current roster in India is: the Galaxy S7
, Galaxy S7 edge
, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy A5 (2016)
, and Galaxy A7
(2016). While there previously have been plans to bring the service to other manufacturers' devices
, they haven't yet materialized, but we expect the see the service preinstalled on future Galaxy smartphones
, including the upcoming Galaxy S8.
If you're from India and you haven't yet signed up for the service's early access program, you can do so here