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Samsung Pay UK: Release date leaked, major feature missing?


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Samsung Pay could arrive in the UK as soon as May, if a new report is to be believed.

An insider source within Samsung is said to have revealed “a May Samsung Pay launch”.

That’s as reported by Digital Spy, which claims to have access to someone with knowledge of the matter.

We’ve asked Samsung for comment on the matter, and this article will be updated with any response.

The report also alleges that Visa won’t be supporting Magnetic Secure Transmission on Samsung Pay, a feature heavily talked up by Samsung for the US market.

MST technology allows a Samsung smartphone to mimic a bank card’s magnetic strip, which means users can pay by tapping their phone on older payment terminals that don’t yet support contactless transfer.

It’s a feature not offered by rival services such as Apple Pay and Google’s Android Pay, putting Samsung slightly ahead of the competition. However, it seems users with Visa cards may not be able to use the system in the UK.

To clarify, Visa users will still be able to pay via contactless in the UK using Samsung Pay, but – if the report is true – they won’t be able to take advantage of MST.

Related: What is Android Pay?

The report suggests that Visa doesn’t want to support MST because it’s arguably an outdated technology.

“We have mature contactless infrastructure in the UK, so we have less use of swipe or mag-stripe experiences,” Jon White, Visa Europe’s head of product enablement strategy is reported as saying.

“It would be wrong to say that we’re not supporting MST,” White continued. “We’re just taking a market-by-market case, and that’s down to us, Samsung, the card makers to make sensible decisions on what experiences are best for consumers.”

Samsung Pay is currently available in South Korea, the United States, and – as of today – China. Samsung hasn’t revealed an official release date for the UK, only confirming that it would arrive in 2016.

Android Pay is set to arrive in the UK in the “coming months”, which means Apple Pay still has a lead over both Google and Samsung in Blighty.

Do you plan to use Samsung Pay? Let us know in the comments.


March 29, 2016, 10:05 pm

All the big supermarkets near me don't have contactless payments you will be surprised by how many big retailers don't have it so visa should allow mst


March 30, 2016, 8:09 am

By me the Lidl, a smaller one at that, has contactless. Maybe just another example of how the big established supermarkets are having their lunch eaten by others, then bemoaning the consequences.


March 30, 2016, 5:53 pm

There's a new Sainsburys superstore in Charlton only a few months old that is still using MST. Looks fine from the outside, still as backward as ever on the inside


March 31, 2016, 4:31 am

Morrisons has updated their terminals to allow contactless payments a few months ago, i worked at sainsbury's as a christmas temp and my line manager said they will be updating their terminals as well for contactless in the next few months. Asda's is part of walmart in america and walmart wont be updating their terminals, so i'm guessing Asdas wont. Tescos in london accept contactless but only in london(which is pretty stupid.) M&S and waitrose both accept contactless same with lidls and aldis.

Je Suis Voting To Leave

April 1, 2016, 5:44 pm

Make sure you keep using cash too or otherwise we will lose thousands of market stalls and the jobs that go with them.
If we did switch to digi only money and the system went down you would lose everything.There is an agenda to get rid of paper and coins currency.
The world without them would be a much worse.


April 5, 2016, 11:34 am

holy conspiracy theory... grow up.


April 5, 2016, 11:35 am

all of those places take contactless by me (glasgow)


April 5, 2016, 1:25 pm

True I used it the other day on the self service till

Je Suis Voting To Leave

April 8, 2016, 6:44 am

Nope its headed that way its immature to think otherwise.


April 12, 2016, 7:13 pm

Tesco started rolling out contactless terminals nationwide at the back end of last year. I work in an express store in Bristol and we've had contactless for about 6 months now.


April 12, 2016, 7:16 pm

MST or chip and pin?


April 12, 2016, 7:31 pm

makes sense, in the UK we've been using chip and pin for years, swiping cards using the mag strip isn't very common. In fact most retailers don't even know how it's done lol


April 15, 2016, 7:47 am

Many retailers in the UK do not accept swipe and sign anymore. A problem for US people as it becomes more common.

Antony Gibson

April 15, 2016, 3:54 pm

Bear in mind that contactless payments can only be used for low value transactions due to the lack of security, i.e. no PIN. Therefore it kind of makes sense that supermarkets wouldn't accept contactless as most people are doing their weekly shop and spending more than the threshold

Rob hoy

April 17, 2016, 9:09 am

Contactless isnt that conmon....visa are obviously stopping in so apple oe google arent disadvantaged..... visa loyalty has been bought by apple

Rob hoy

April 17, 2016, 9:10 am

The chip and pin allow swipe


April 17, 2016, 8:08 pm

then you get the people just going in at lunch time for the sandwich and drink and those just buying milk and bread and want to pay and get out quick is why we want contactless


April 19, 2016, 9:09 pm

Why have you put an s on the end of every shop name?


April 24, 2016, 9:22 pm

chip and pin is completely different to swipe, for example clarks where i live doesnt even allow swipe its chip and pin only. its the terminal not the card.

mark choletti

April 25, 2016, 1:44 pm

Cash isn't going to completely disappear. Cash still gives liquidity to the system and freedom to spend without being tracked. Of course the bankers and fintechs want cashless payments, but if the electronic systems go down, as you say, it'll cause major problems, as I saw in my local Tescos last week. Only people with cash could pay for their goods. And let's face facts, half the population is still using cash and a significant majority of the older generation certainly don't own samsung and apple devices.

mark choletti

April 25, 2016, 1:50 pm

It's no conspiracy theory. Bankers want negative interest rates and the ability to make it impossible for people to withdraw their money, so that bank runs are a thing of the past. In other words, it's a lose-lose situation for your everyday person.

Scott Robertson

April 30, 2016, 1:52 pm

Contactless is very common in the UK


April 30, 2016, 11:47 pm

Because im talking about the majority of shop's not just one company.


April 30, 2016, 11:48 pm

True, the two tesco's around me (both express ones a petrol station and ones just a normal express) have both got contactless now, but the tesco direct near my shopping centre doesnt.


April 30, 2016, 11:52 pm

But you can easily by-pass the limit with the biometric reader and / or pin on your phone? Thats why in Boots and pertz and i even think nandos you can use apple pay above the £30 limit. All the merchane needs to do is just upgrade their system to the latest update, and then customers who pay with apple pay etc etc can accept payments above the threshold

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