As soon as everyone’s hopes of seeing Samsung Pay support extended beyond the Korean and US borders last year were shattered, it felt safe to predict at least further details on a Spanish launch would be shared at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this month.
Of course, the February 21 Samsung Unpacked event should be about the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge more than anything, but a company official just confirmed a few minutes of spotlight time will be dedicated to the Apple Pay-competing service as well.
Nathalie Oestmann, the Director and Head of the digital wallet’s European branch, also said Samsung Pay is to indeed land in the UK and Spain “very soon this year”, which makes a rapid post-MWC rollout in both countries a strong possibility.
Not a moment too soon either, as the iOS-exclusive rival debuted on British shores way back in July 2015, plus Canada and Australia a couple of months ago, heading to China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Spain next.
For the time being, the Android-designed mobile transaction service only works with Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Edge+, S6 Active, Note 5, A5 and A7 (2016) phones, but additional GS7 compatibility is a given, and before long, the Tizen-powered Gear S2 smartwatch should join the party too to enable wrist payments on the go.
Remember, Samsung Pay’s key advantage over a growing number of challengers is Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology that lets you use it even at old-school, non-NFC-capable POS terminals.