In March of this year, Samsung made its own mobile payments option official with Samsung Pay. Now a few months later, the service is now available in the United States for those with the appropriate devices. Samsung’s even throwing in a free accessory offer for good measure.
As hinted at above, you’ll need a Samsung-branded Android-based device to take advantage of Samsung Pay in the United States. Specifically, you’ll need a Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, or a Galaxy Note 5 to use the service. As it stands right now, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular all support the payment option. Verizon Wireless says that it is still evaluating Samsung Pay.
Samsung Pay supports the cards you’d expect, including Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. U.S. Bank, Citi Bank, and Bank of America are on board for supporting the mobile payment option as well.
For owners of the Galaxy Note 5 or the Galaxy S6 edge+, Samsung has a limited-time promotion going for you if you sign up for Samsung Pay. If you activate between today, September 28, and October 11 at 11:59PM ET, you’ll be able to choose from either a wallet flip cover or a wireless charging pad. To get enrolled in the offer, after you’ve successfully activated a card, head into the app and select More –> Announcements –> Samsung Pay Activation Offer.
Android Pay has been available for a little while now, and offers support for more devices, but Samsung Pay has a leg up when it comes to terminal support thanks to its Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology, which allows it to work at terminals that don’t offer NFC support. With that in mind, and if you have a supported device, do you plan on using Samsung Pay?