Published: Sat, April 29, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Samsung Pay has now access to all 44 banks live on UPI

Samsung Pay has now access to all 44 banks live on UPI

Samsung Pay is now available in 14 countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Russia, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, and the United States. Samsung Pay will also be available for the Gear S3.

And for those unaware, this development comes on the heels of Samsung Pay's recent intervention into India.

"We are thrilled to introduce Samsung Pay in the Middle East, an innovative new service that we believe will evolve the way people in the UAE carry out their purchases".

With these market expansions, Samsung Pay continues on the path of bringing mobile payments to new regions and expanding to new markets in places where the service is now available.

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You need a recent Samsung device to use Samsung Pay, whereas Android Pay works on anything with NFC.

While the Hong-Kong and Swedish expansions are only entering an early-access phase rather than a full-blown launch, it still puts Samsung Pay ahead of its competition in terms of total markets serviced.

"Less than two years ago, Samsung Pay came to life in Korea with a simple mission: To empower customers with mobile payments that are simple, secure and available nearly anywhere", said Thomas Ko, VP and Global General Manager of Samsung Pay. This would also cater to the "Peer to Peer" collect request, where users can request for payments from their contacts, adding to the convenience of Samsung Pay consumers.

To make a payment with Samsung Pay, swipe up from the home button, scan a fingerprint or iris (which can be different from the authentication registered to unlock the device), and tap the back of the phone on a POS machine. Making a payment is as easy as that. Samsung Pay works at NFC payment terminals, but it also uses MST hardware for contactless payments on nearly anything that can read a credit card.

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