Spain is the first European market to officially support Samsung Pay

After proper launches and expansions in the US and China, where Apple Pay is also available, Samsung Pay just saw daylight in the second country not yet included in its arch-rival’s world tour.

Spain was of course a less obvious choice than South Korea for the growth of arguably the most convenient digital wallet service around, and you’d have probably expected Samsung Pay to land on British shores first.

But the important thing is the mobile payment app is finally tackling the old continent, with the UK and Russia at the very least following soon, alongside Singapore, Australia, Brazil, Malaysia, and Canada outside European borders.

What’s interesting to note (and a little odd, in all honesty) is Spain seems to only be getting the NFC-supporting half of the secure, simple and “almost anywhere” transaction solution. Traditional magnetic-based point-of-sale terminals will apparently not feature Samsung Pay integration in the country, possibly because they’re far less favored there by both retailers and shoppers than stateside.

Meanwhile, CaixaBank and imaginBank are the first local financial institutions to allow their debit and credit cards to be virtually stored on compatible Samsung phones, then used in “all stores that already have contactless terminals.” That includes Cepsa, Cervecería La Sureña, Domino’s Pizza, Fridays, Ginos, MediaMarkt, Phone House, Repsol, Starbucks, The Good Burger, and many, many more.

Before long, a couple of additional banks, namely Abanca and Banco Sabadell, should gain full (NFC) Samsung Pay functionality too, on the obvious condition that you own a Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S6, S6 Edge, Edge+, or Galaxy A5 (2016).

Source: Samsung Newsroom

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