Samsung Pay early access begins in Hong Kong
Samsung has debuted early access for Samsung Pay in Hong Kong in a bid to pave the way for comprehensive roll out.
The mobile payment will enable users to pay with their credit cards using Samsung mobile devices, including Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6 edge+ and Galaxy Note 5.
Currently, Citibank, Dah Sing Bank and Standard Chartered Bank, as well as payment networks including American Express, MasterCard and Visa are supporting Samsung Pay in Hong Kong. Later, Bank of China (Hong Kong) and DBS Bank will also support Samsung’s digital payment channel.
Samsung Pay is compatible with both near field communication (NFC) and Samsung’s magnetic secure transmission (MST) technologies.
In order to execute a payment using Samsung Pay, users need to swipe up from the home button, scan a fingerprint or iris, and tap the back of the phone on a POS machine.
Samsung Electronics H.K. Co vice president and head of information technology and mobile communication business said: “As a global leader in information technology, Samsung has always aspired to create better and more fulfilling experiences for our users through meaningful innovations.
“We hope to offer our consumers a payment service that is truly safe, simple, and widely-accepted. We are also thankful for the support of MasterCard. Together, we are creating a more complete payment experience, further enhanced with promotions, to bring mobile payments capability to more users than ever before.”
MasterCard division president of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Hiang Choong said: “We are excited to be part of this collaboration, introducing yet another channel for consumers to pay simply, smartly and safely, and accelerating the city’s adoption of in-store contactless payment, which benefits consumers and merchants alike.”