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Samsung Pay goes live today in the U.S.

by Todd Haselton | September 28, 2015September 28, 2015 7:40 am PST

We reported earlier this morning that Samsung had activated Samsung Pay on the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 5, but now it’s becoming broadly available to all supported handsets and carriers through individual updates.

AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. CellularĀ are today rolling out updates that enable Samsung Pay support for specific phones. Verizon has not yet decided whether or not it’s going to back the payment standard, so its customers remain out in the cold at this point. Supported handsets include Samsung’s latest devices, such as the Galaxy S6, the Galaxy S6 Edge, the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. Unfortunately, it seems international unlocked versions of the aforementioned phones won’t work.

Samsung Pay is unlike Apple Pay in that it supports both NFC and magnetic stripe readers. Simply hold your phone near the payment terminal, choose the card you’d like to pay with, and scan your fingerprint.

“To participate initially, consumers need to have a participating MasterCard, Visa or American Express card issued by Bank of America, Citi, American Express or U.S. Bank,” the company explained.

Be sure to check for an update if you own one of the aforementioned handsets.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...