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Samsung Pay to hit U.K. and Spain once the Samsung Galaxy S7 launches in those countries

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Samsung Pay to hit U.K. and Spain once the Samsung Galaxy S7 launches in those countries
With Cosby whistle-blower Hannibal Buress starring in a U.S. ad for Samsung Pay, the diversified manufacturer continues to push its mobile payment service in the U.S. In the television commercial, the comedian asks if he could use his Samsung phone to pay for a sandwich at a New York City deli. "Like Apple Pay?," asks a deli employee. "No, like Samsung Pay," Buress barks.

There really is a difference between the two. Thanks to Sammy's acquisition of Loop Pay and its MST (Magnetic Secure Transmissions), Samsung Pay isn't limited to retailers who have NFC supported point-of-sale systems. Samsung Pay will work with any retailer that swipes consumers' credit cards at check out. As a result, the number of stores that accept Samsung Pay dwarfs the number of stores that are compatible with Apple Pay. 

Samsung Pay is available in the U.S. and in South Korea, and will soon expand to the U.K. and Spain. This was made official today during Samsung's European Forum 2016 when the European head of Samsung Pay, Nathalie Oestmann, told those in attendance that an announcement would be made at MWC, which kicks off officially on February 22nd.

The manufacturer will be holding its Samsung Unpacked 2016 event on February 21st, the day before MWC opens. Considering that we will see the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge both introduced at that time, Samsung could also take the opportunity to announce the expansion of Samsung Pay into new territories.

The mobile payment service is currently compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, Samsung Galaxy S6 Active, Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

source: Pocketlint

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posted on 11 Feb 2016, 10:29 2

1. Yousefjaber (Posts: 53; Member since: 24 Nov 2015)


posted on 11 Feb 2016, 10:45

2. Tarox (Posts: 114; Member since: 17 Feb 2015)

Bring it to German speaking countries please. Thanks^^

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 10:57

3. Landon (Posts: 743; Member since: 07 May 2015)

I've honestly been disappointed in using Samsung Pay lately. When I've used my debit card (and even selecting credit as the payment option on the terminal) in certain locations, it will go through and say that it's been processed, but once my transaction ends, it will error out and say to re-swipe my card. Has anyone else dealt with this?

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 11:07

4. DnB925Art (Posts: 1060; Member since: 23 May 2013)

Nope never had that problem. Then I don't use any debit cards and only CCs.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 11:38 1

5. Unordinary (unregistered)

My buddy has told me this (he's rocking an S6, I don't have a Samsung device this year), and he also told me that many times he has to position the phone specifically in a certain way for a transaction to work on swipe terminals. Hopefully the S7 fixes this cus I want one.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 13:10

6. tedkord (Posts: 14123; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Some retailers are blocking its use. Home Depot has never let a transaction through for me with Samsung Pay, but when I use the card it's tied to it goes right through. There are a couple of others.

I've never had a situation where the position was picky. It always reads quickly, just sometimes it gets rejected by the terminal after scanning because the retailer blocks it, or the payment network does.

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 13:58

8. Landon (Posts: 743; Member since: 07 May 2015)

That's weird because for me, Home Depot has worked every single time but yet Lowe's has never worked for me. It seems like its specific terminals and/or systems that aren't compatible with Samsung Pay...which is frustrating.

Also, there have been instances for me where it worked the first 9 times using it at a specific place but then that 10th time, errors out and doesn't accept it....which makes me scared to use it again (especially if there are people waiting for my dumba** to get through the line lol).

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 13:15

7. surethom (Posts: 957; Member since: 04 Mar 2009)

Finally although here in the UK 99% of retailers that accept cards use Chip & Pin, & a growing number accept Contactless payment, in the UK virtually No (5%ish) use Magnetic Secure Transmissions) but nice to have the option on my S6.

But its Android Pay I really want but I can live with samsung Pay till then. Finally

posted on 11 Feb 2016, 17:44 1

9. neilmc1983 (Posts: 38; Member since: 17 Jun 2014)

You're totally totally wrong. Like the rest of the word, almost all terminals support MST here in the UK.

Tesco's self checkout tills don't support contactless payment but do offer MST, like almost all payment terminals in the UK.

MST support is a massive selling point for Samsung Pay here in the UK.

Contactless terminals are in most key retailers here in the UK now, for every retailer that doesn't support contactless, they'll have the good old MST.

So Samsung Pay will work at almost all UK payment terminals.

Chip and Pin will only be relevant to any transaction over the £30 contactless limit.

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 01:38

10. Jimrod (Posts: 1447; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)

Tesco's self checkout terminals are definitely starting to adopt contactless because I used one last night (a recent change because I'd never had the option before).

posted on 12 Feb 2016, 11:04

11. emmawilliam834 (Posts: 240; Member since: 09 Feb 2016)

Wondering if Ireland will be in this century ... ;-)

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