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    Samsung Pay to make UK and Spain debut “very soon”

    February 11th, 2016

    Samsung Pay will launch in the UK and Spain “very soon”, the head of Samsung Pay Europe has announced during the phone-maker’s European Forum 2016 event in Monaco. “More details at Mobile World Congress in a few weeks’ time,” Pocket-lint reports the company’s Nathalie Oestmann as saying.

    Mobeam update brings loyalty to POS scanners

    February 11th, 2016

    Mobeam has updated its mobile coupon and offer app Beep’nGo to let customers use retail loyalty cards, gift cards and barcode coupons on their smartphone at checkout scanners for the first time. “Mobeam currently operates with more than 330m Samsung Android phones and the company is in talks with other manufacturers to expand the technology,” Mobeam says of its infrared light based barcode system. The app currently has more than 10m installs.

    Samsung looks into vein authentication

    February 5th, 2016

    A patent filed by Samsung describes how a sensor on a smartwatch or other wearable device could authenticate identity by reading the user’s vein structure. “A wearable device may capture an image of a portion or all of the user’s body and may identify the user wearing the wearable device based on the captured image,” the patent says. “For example, a smartwatch may be worn on the user’s wrist to capture an image of the user’s veins in order to identify a user.”

    APCA explores security code for digital wallets in Australia

    February 5th, 2016

    Members of the Australian Payments Clearing Association (APCA) are currently exploring the possibility of implementing a voluntary code of practice to regulate digital wallets in the country. The association’s 100 members were due to respond… More

    Global mobile payment market to hit $620bn in 2016

    February 4th, 2016

    Consumers across the globe will use their mobile phones to spend a total of US$620bn on all forms of mobile transaction this year, representing a 37.8% year-on-year growth from $450bn in 2015, research from TrendForce reveals. By 2017, total mobile payment revenue will reach $780bn, climbing to $930bn in 2018 and $1.08tn in 2019. More

    CaixaBank will not support MST transactions when it launches Samsung Pay in Spain

    January 25th, 2016

    Spain’s CaixaBank has revealed that it will not include support for Samsung Pay’s Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology when the bank launches support for the mobile payment service in the coming months. “It is mainly because… More

    Samsung Pay to let South Koreans pay in China and US

    January 22nd, 2016

    Samsung Pay users in South Korea will soon be able to make payments in China and the US using cards issued by South Korean card companies. “Samsung is going to finish linking foreign payment system with KB Card, Samsung Card, Lotte Card and Hana Card and start Samsung Pay service at foreign merchants at the end of this month,” ET News reports. “These four card companies have negotiated with Visa, MasterCard, UnionPay, JBC and others for Samsung Pay’s foreign payment.”

    Samsung Pay to go live in Spain with CaixaBank

    January 22nd, 2016

    Customers of Spain’s CaixaBank will be the first in the country to be able to use Samsung Pay, following a partnership between the bank and Samsung that will see the mobile payment service added as an option to CaixaBank’s host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payment app. More

    Samsung unveils Smart Swing golf wear with NFC

    January 13th, 2016

    Samsung’s fashion division has developed a t-shirt designed for golfers that comes equipped with an NFC chip in its sleeve. When tapped with an NFC device, the chip launches a mobile app that provides the golfer with information about the course they’re playing on. More

    Samsung Pay to become market leader in Asia?

    January 7th, 2016

    Samsung Pay will become the mobile payments market leader in Asia, with a 49% share of the market in 2016, a Korean investment firm predicts. “Hyundai Securities is estimating that 200m Samsung smartphones will have Samsung Pay next year,” Etnews reports. “As Samsung joins hands with UnionPay, it is expected that Samsung Pay’s influence will expand starting from China.” Samsung announced its partnership with China UnionPay in December 2015.

    Samsung Pay heads to Australia, Brazil and Singapore

    January 6th, 2016

    Samsung is to launch its Samsung Pay mobile payment service in Australia, Brazil and Singapore, the company’s Tim Baxter has announced during a keynote at the CES show in Las Vegas. The service will also be available on the Samsung Gear S2 classic smartwatch from early this year, starting in the US. More

    MasterCard and Samsung enable grocery payments at the fridge

    January 5th, 2016

    US consumers will soon be able to place grocery orders with online grocer FreshDirect and supermarket chain ShopRite by entering the items they wish to purchase into a touchscreen built into Samsung’s new Family Hub refrigerator. More

    Samsung Pay to add online payments

    January 4th, 2016

    Samsung is to expand Samsung Pay to both online payments and down-range smartphones in the US this year, according to Reuters. “Lower-priced Samsung phones will likely start offering the mobile wallet within the next year,” Samsung’s Thomas Ko told the news agency. “Online payment support is coming soon.” The company’s plans to add the service to mid- and low-end handsets emerged in November 2015.

    Samsung Pay to launch in China with China UnionPay

    December 18th, 2015

    Samsung has partnered with China UnionPay to bring its Samsung Pay mobile payments service to China in early 2016. The announcement comes as Apple reveals that it has also partnered with the bank card organisation to bring Apple Pay to Chinese consumers next year. More

    Samsung Pay adds 19 issuers

    December 15th, 2015

    Samsung Pay has added 19 new issuers including support for eligible PNC Visa and KeyBank MasterCard credit and debit cards. “Cardholders of all these issuers will be able to use Samsung Pay to pay almost anywhere they can swipe or tap their card,” Samsung says.

    Samsung Pay users can win tickets to see Usher

    December 14th, 2015

    Shoppers who activate Samsung Pay at one of nearly 50 US malls will have the chance to win two round-trip tickets to Los Angeles for an exclusive performance and private New Year’s Eve party featuring American popstar Usher. “Samsung Pay launched a nationwide shopping experience at nearly 50 malls where customers can try out and activate the mobile payment system for a chance to win tickets to the special performance and more,” the company says. The promotion runs until December 21.

    Samsung Pay adds gift card support in the US

    December 11th, 2015

    Samsung Pay has added support for gift cards in the US, letting users store, pay with and share gift cards through the mobile payments service. “Samsung Pay supports 50 popular merchant gift cards including Babies R Us and Toys R Us, Bass Pro Shops, Domino’s, eBay, GameStop, Nike, Regal Entertainment Group and Staples in partnership with Blackhawk Network,” Samsung says. A gift card store inside Samsung Pay enables users to buy cards from supported merchants.

    Samsung Pay delays on Gear S2

    December 8th, 2015

    Samsung Pay will not be made available on the Gear S2 smartwatch until 2016, despite reports that it would be going live on the device from November 2015. “Samsung Pay is now coming to the Gear S2 in 2016,” Samsung Mobile US said in a tweet. “Stay tuned for more information.”

    Analyst details new iPhone with NFC and Apple Pay

    December 7th, 2015

    A research note by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple will release a new iPhone equipped with NFC and Apple Pay early next year. “Kuo expects the new 4-inch iPhone to have an A9 chip manufactured by both TSMC and Samsung, 2.5D cover glass with curved edges like on the iPhone 6s, NFC for Apple Pay, metal casing with at least two to three colour options and identical camera specs to the iPhone 5s,” MacRumors reports.

    Samsung Pay offers $100 discount to new users

    November 25th, 2015

    Samsung is offering up to US$100 off any Samsung.com purchase for new users who add a compatible card to Samsung Pay. The offer is available until November 30 and the coupon codes will be redeemable on the company’s website until the end of the year. Samsung also offered a $50 rebate to new Samsung Pay users in the first half of this month.

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