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 5Galaxy 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)

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6 Comments

1. Nopers unregistered

Never thought Id see the day. My bank isn't supported though.

2. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

Mine neither. The banks are only interested in supporting Apple Pay users because they have loads of money :-)

3. Nopers unregistered

Well, I love my iPhone but this could pry it out of my hands. Problem is everywhere has NFC here so there's not really that much of an advantage. Hopefully they support my bank soon.

4. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Damn Samsung. When is my bank going to be supported in Canada.

5. geordie8t1

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

AMEX isn't supported yet, it is MBNA, i wouldn't be surprised if amex never gets supported, as both they and barclaycard both have their own contactless apps and both are not supporting android pay, ALSO MBNA at least ONLY supports contactless and not MST payments for now

6. KingSam

Posts: 1453; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Mobile payments in Jamaica? Coming soon in 2099!

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