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Samsung Pay is still coming to the UK – but you'll have to wait


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Samsung has already confirmed its Samsung Pay service would launch in the UK but it looks like us Brits will have to wait a little longer than we thought.

The mobile payment system was supposed to go live in the UK in 2016, but the launch has now been delayed until next year (via The Telegraph).

Samsung previously launched the service in the US and South Korea last year, but the UK launch is thought to have been held up due to negotiations with banks.

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The company told The Telegraph: "Following successful launches of Samsung Pay around the world, we are planning to launch the service in the UK in 2017."

Samsung's Apple Pay and Android Pay rival allows users to make contacless payments in shops by simply authenticating using their fingerprint and holding the phone near the payment point.

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Apple's alternative launched in 2015, while Android Pay arrived in the UK in May 2016, but Samsung's version has lagged behind.

Of course, the South Korean firm's phones run on Android, so users can already use Android Pay. However, the service won't work with the Samsung Gear smartwatch, whereas Apple Watch users can already make payments using their wearable.

The delayed launch of Samsung Pay comes as the company tries to rebuild customer trust and make up for a huge financial loss following the recent Note 7 debacle.

Just when the service will go live in the UK next year remains unclear, but the company will likely want to ensure it happens as soon as possible, so stay tuned for more in the very near future.

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