Samsung Pay now available to everyone in the U.S., sort of
It’s been literally a month since Samsung Pay was launched as a beta in the U.S. We’re not sure if Samsung wanted to just test the waters, or if the company preferred to continue working on expanding its partnerships in the United States in order to have a beefier launch. Whatever the case may be the service has now left beta and has become available to everyone, so long as you qualify.
At the moment, if you’re rocking a Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, and Galaxy Note 5, you should be able to use Samsung Pay. That said, as with every other competing service, there are a ton of limitations. For starters it seems that Samsung wasn’t able to sweeten the pot for Verizon, as Galaxy devices on this carrier are still not eligible to use the service. Another restriction is that Samsung Pay currently only supports VISA, MasterCard and American Express cards from Bank of America, Citi or U.S. Bank, a list that should broaden over the next few months.
What makes Samsung Pay cool is that you don’t need an NFC reader to use it. Samsung’s MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) technology makes it possible for you to use pretty much any credit card reader, and we now hear that Samsung has even expanded to support Square card readers. Let’s see how long it takes for this service to expand to other carriers and banks.