Samsung has finally launched Samsung Pay in the UK, 18 months after after it first began rolling out the service in the United States and South Korea.
The service works on Samsung’s newest flagship devices, the Galaxy S8 and S8+, as well as last year’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge and 2015’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Other devices are set to gain compatibility ‘in the coming months’.
Owners can authorise payments using the Galaxy S8’s iris scanner. Fingerprint scanners and pass codes can be used on older phones, allowing you to pay for goods at contactless terminals, as well as on London’s transport network.
For the latter, Samsung has teamed up with Transport for London to allow users to nominate a ‘transport card’, meaning there’s no need to wake their phone or authorise a payment when tapping in or out on trains, buses and the Tube.
At launch, Samsung Pay works with Visa and MasterCard cards from Santander, Nationwide and MBNA, meaning it’s severely limited compared with its main rival, Apple Pay. Samsung says that American Express, HSBC, First Direct and M&S will all work with the service ‘soon’.