Samsung Pay finally started rolling out in the UK in May, more than two years since it was announced, and the service is now available for more customers.From today, people with HSBC, first direct and M&S Bank accounts in the UK can use the mobile payment platform to buy goods on the high street. These three banks join MasterCard, Visa, MBNA, Nationwide and Santander. More partners, including American Express, will be joining soon. “Since launching in the UK last month, Samsung Pay has provided our UK users with a simple and secure payment method that can be used almost anywhere they can use their contactless payment cards”, said Conor Pierce, vice president, IT and Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics Asus Support Number UK and Ireland. “We’re delighted to add HSBC to our line-up of supporting partners, helping more people to transform the way they pay for day-to-day items.”Samsung Pay initially launched in South Korea on August 20, 2015 and in the US a month later. It then rolled out to banks in Australia, Brazil, Spain and Singapore last year. From May 16 in the UK, the wireless payment system went live on Samsung phones and works in a similar way to its competitors’ contactless payment systems (namely Apple Pay and Android Pay) by storing card details on devices and using an NFC chip. The system also works on London’s contactless TfL system.
To mark the launch last month, Samsung Pay added a set of exclusive features for UK users.”Samsung has worked with TfL on exclusive functionality for Samsung Pay that allows users to set a payment card up as a ‘transport card’ to use on all TfL services and most National Rail services in London,” the company explained. The method works by “simply by tapping a phone against the card reader, eliminating the need to wake your phone or verify with a fingerprint or PIN”. The South Korean firm also says that, in the future, shops in the UK will let customers add loyalty cards to their devices. What sets Samsung Pay apart from other contactless services is that it will be universally accepted – even by vendors who don’t have a contactless payment terminal. Not only does Samsung Pay work using NFC, but the service also takes advantage of a technology called magnetic secure transmission (MST)