Brazil is the first South American country to support Samsung Pay

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A new day, a new country added under the belt of one of the world’s three major, rapidly growing digital wallet solutions. This time, it’s Samsung Pay that’s spreading its wings somewhere neither Android Pay, nor Apple Pay are officially available at the moment.

Brazil is also the first South American nation to welcome the Galaxy-enabled, NFC and MST-powered mobile payment service, thus looking to pave the way for the region’s wider adoption. The July 19 launch on Banco do Brasil, Brasil Pré-Pagos, Caixa, Porto Seguro, and Santander comes as no surprise to locals, which have overwhelmingly embraced mobile banking in 2015, stepping usage up by 138 percent compared to the previous year.

Both MasterCard and Visa products issued nationwide will be accepted off the bat, it seems, though the typical international smartphone restrictions remain in place in Brazil as well.

Namely, you’ll only be able to securely and seamlessly pay with your Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Galaxy A5 (2016), A7 (2016), Note 5, S6 Edge+, S6, and S6 Edge “almost anywhere” debit or credit cards are used, including magnetic point of sale terminals. Other regional bank partners should join the party before long, like Banrisul, Bradesco, Nubank, and Itaú-Unibanco.

Source: Samsung Mobile Press

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