Samsung Pay has went live in South Africa, which means you will now be able to pay for stuff using this service.
Samsung Pay joins the lineage of people-centred technology, allowing users to make secure, simple mobile payments, almost anywhere, when purchasing goods at any store. Users can simply tap their compatible Samsung Galaxy phone on a payment terminal to complete the transaction. A limited number of Absa customers will be among the first to enjoy Samsung Pay through the Early Access Program for a limited period before the service commercially launches, then Standard Bank.
While the ‘tap and pay’ method is not new in South Africa, Samsung Pay uses a proprietary technology called MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission), so you can make contactless payments virtually anywhere and on practically any payment terminal. Most merchants do not need to upgrade their current payment terminals for Samsung Pay, thus allowing for a smooth and fast purchase process. Samsung Pay is compatible with the Galaxy Note 8, S9, S8, S7 and A8 devices. Samsung Pay will be supported on the Galaxy A5 | A7 (2017 Edition) within the month of August.
To get Samsung Pay, you simply download and install the app, register your cards and accounts.