Samsung Pay officially launches in the UK, three major banks supported from the get-go
It looks like the folks from Samsung Support were correct - Samsung Pay has indeed launched in the UK today, making it the eighteenth country to support the mobile payments system.
You can download version 2.7.17 from Galaxy Apps, but keep in mind that the service is currently only compatible with the following handsets: Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6/S6 edge/S6 edge+, Galaxy S7/S7 edge, and the Galaxy S8/S8+. However, Samsung Pay won't be exclusive to high-end devices in the future, as the company will include it in the majority of its newly-made smartphones.
As you may know, Samsung Pay works by combining NFC and MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission), thus enabling users to make payments via their smartphone, tablet, or smartwatch. It's worth pointing out that you might experience some troubles while registering and using the app, which is due to the fact that it got released today. Hopefully, any problems will be properly addressed in the coming days.
The list of banks currently supporting Samsung Pay in the United Kingdom are the following:
- HSBC (Mastercard & Visa Credit and Debit Cards)
- American Express (AMEX Credit and Debit Cards)
- Nationwide (Visa Credit and Debit Cards)
via PC Advisor