Mobile payments are growing, but Verizon’s already grown into the US’s number one cellular network. And it thinks it can do plenty of things for and to its customers (like implementing special trackers into their web browsing and not telling them about it).
Now comes word that the Verizon Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge units lack Samsung Pay, one of the faster-growing mobile payment systems around. Apparently, Samsung has told reviewers of the devices that Verizon asked for the app to be omitted from them.
Verizon, part of the carrier-supported SoftCard coalition, is now partnered with Android Pay. We don’t know if Big Red has an exclusivity deal or an overwhelming preference for Android and Apple Pay or if it asked for too big a cut from Samsung Pay transactions.
Good news for those who are looking for it: the Samsung Pay .apk is easily sideloadable and is available from APKMirror amongst other places.