Samsung’s “next generation” phones to come with preloaded Visa payWave NFC wireless payment app

by: Chris SmithFebruary 25, 2013


The Galaxy S4 may not be present at MWC 2013, but the device is certainly lurking in the shadows waiting for its own moment of glory. After the Galaxy S4’s announcement date and location have been confirmed today, we got wind of one more feature that could be found on some of the future Galaxy S4 models out there, Visa’s payWave NFC-based wireless payment app.

At MWC, Visa unveiled its partnership with Samsung, saying that the payWave app will be installed on Samsung’s “next generation” line of smartphones, and while the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 were not specifically mentioned, its only logical to include them in the list since they’ll both surely pack NFC support just like their predecessors do.

While Visa said that the mobile wallet app will be installed on Samsung’s future NFC-ready devices, it’s not yet ready to confirm or deny whether the payWave app will work with Samsung handsets launched in the USA. We’ll remind you that certain American carriers will definitely mind having their ISIS mobile payment platform compete with a Samsung-Visa similar solution since some of them already mind having Google Wallet installed on existing NFC-ready devices. But we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

Future Samsung device owners will be able to use payWave with their Visa cards only, and although the app can deal with other credit cards, Visa will only support its own cards on those yet-to-be-determined Samsung handsets.

Are you using your Android handset for wireless payments yet? Will such a Samsung-Visa partnership matter when deciding what smartphone to buy this year?

  • MasterMuffin

    No I’m not and I don’t think that you can even do that in Finland yet :D I wonder if we’ll get this even in 5 years!

  • sxs

    A rather show-off feature at the moment… perhaps would make sense after 2 years..
    I see no infrastructure with retailers. and they are not going to make it available just coz S4 will has this feature :
    Not exciting.

    • ijks5291987

      This feature isn’t for NA. But, if you go to places like Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo, etc. Everyone just swipes their phones to pay for things. I remember riding a bus in Seoul and people were just coming on board without even taking their phones out of their pocket. They just rub their pocket against a NFC paying device and it makes a beep sound and they come on. That is how much they are used to paying with phones unlike us. If we saw that we would think “that is so weird”. But it’s the norm there.

      • Filip Justin

        I wanna live in such a world..

      • Ankit

        people rubbing their pockets? doesn’t that seem weird?

    • uu

      this is very useful…
      if they really partnered with VISA, then no need to worry abt its functionality..

  • Nick Schiwy

    I would appreciate this, only if it passes Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. (Those partnering on ISIS)

  • Drake B

    I just want to note that I wish Samsung would add a detachable bluetooth ear phone on their phablets. One that is ready to use upon detachment and is placed within the contour shape on the side of the phablet body.

  • Still have never used an Android phone to pay for something via NFC in Canada but I look forward to having the option.