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Samsung Pay completes the set as Verizon confirms support

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Samsung’s early efforts to roll out its mobile payment platform across the US have received a major boost.

Major mobile network Verizon Wireless has announced (via The Verge) it will support Samsung Pay on compatible devices, through a forthcoming software update.

That means owners of the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ on Verizon will soon be able to pay with their mobile device.

Verizon had been left off the list of initial partners when Samsung Pay launched in the US on 28 September.

AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile were all on board, but Verizon remained coy, claiming it was still evaluating the service.

It now seems the evaluation period is over, and Samsung has completed the set of big four US networks to support its Apple Pay rival.

All in all, it means Samsung will soon have the chance to eclipse Apple Pay in terms of market penetration, something the firm has been keen to point out in recent ads aired on US TV (see below).

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The Samsung Pay platform enables the same sort of NFC payments as Apple Pay, but has the added bonus of playing nice with traditional magnetic strip-card machines, thanks to the incorporation of the LoopPay technology it acquired in May.

This allows Samsung Pay to enjoy compatibility with 85% of swipe-card machines, before contactless terminals are even taken into account.

Samsung is yet to announce plans to expand the service to the UK.

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