Samsung Pay has had a very slow introduction to the Australian market. Although the support in Australia is very limited, recently they added support to some Westpac customers. Today Samsung has announced an extended partnership with Citibank that will allow debit card customers to also use Samsung Pay.
Citibank was one of the first Australian banks onboard with Samsung Pay but previously only their credit card holders were able to use the functionality. Now with debit card holders also supported all Citibank card holders are supported.
Samsung Pay is Samsung’s version of Apple Pay and Android Pay. It is their secure and easy-to-use mobile payment service and is supported by quite a few Samsung devices including the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 active, Galaxy S6, Gear S2 (Beta – with NFC only), and the Gear S3.
Samsung Pay now also supports using iris scanning/recognition for payment authorisation on the Galaxy S8 and S8+. The payment method can use either NFC or MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) for its transactions. Alongside this Samsung Pay also has partnerships with various shops and brands that allow you to earn rewards by paying for products with Samsung Pay.
While the roll out of Samsung Pay has been extremely slow one would expect it to gather momentum considering Samsung has a majority of the Android market-share in Australia.
Do you use any form of mobile payments? Are you likely to use Samsung Pay over Android Pay?