Samsung teased the launch of its mobile payment service in India back in January. Just a few days ago, the company allowed users to sign up for early access to Samsung Pay. Those who have done so can now use the service starting today, which means that Samsung Pay is officially available in India.
To use the service, you’ll need one of the devices that support the service — Galaxy S7 Edge, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy A7 (2016), and Galaxy A5 (2016). Of course, you also have to have a credit or debit card issued by one of the banks that support Samsung Pay. These banks are Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI Cards, and Standard Chartered Bank. Additionally, you can add your Paytm wallet accounts in the Samsung Pay app.
For those of you who don’t know, Samsung Pay allows you to pay for goods and services at supported retailers across the country with your smartphone. Unlike some of its rivals, it uses both NFC as well as Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST). This means that you can use the payment service in most shops, as MST is compatible with the vast majority of card readers.
Those of you who have signed up for early access for Samsung Pay can already start using the service. If you haven’t registered yet, visit Samsung’s website to do so by clicking the button below.