In the late December in 2016, it was hinted that Samsung Pay – A mobile payment service might come in India in the first half of 2017. Now, Samsung India has started taking the early access of registration in India.
As of now, Samsung Pay is compatible with – Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, the Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy A5 (2016) and the Galaxy A7 (2016) smartphones. Last month, Galaxy Note 5 received an update which enabled Samsung Pay app to the phone. It is also supported in Samsung Gear S3.
Samsung Pay is currently supporting banks including – Axis, HDFC, ICICI, SBI, and Standard Chartered while American Express and CitiBank will be added soon. You can add both Debit and Credit cards.Those who want an early access to Samsung Pay can register on the Official Samsung Pay page.
In order to complete the registration, you need to have a Samsung Account which will give you a unique Samsung ID, apart from this you need to give your mobile number and pin code. After the registration, you will receive an email from Samsung as a confirmation.
The email also says,
“The Early Access Program will be available shortly, details of which will be shared subsequently”.
— Karan Singh Purewal (@karan668636) March 5, 2017
Samsung Pay works on a Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) and Near Field Communication (NFC) technologies that let users makes contactless payments at PoS terminals. This is a great move done Samsung and will contribute to the Digital India Campaign. Although, this service by Samsung was announced and implemented in other regions long time back.
Amit Bhawani, a tech journalist from Phone Radar, tried it out and it works in select stores as of now, but hopefully it will expand and many more store will incorporate it.
After a phone restart the setup is completed. Added my icici card, time to test it out, but the question is what stores accept this. pic.twitter.com/JeXbWPloKW
— Amit Bhawani (@amitbhawani) March 6, 2017
Here’s the link to his demo video as well: