Samsung has been teasing its mobile payment service Samsung Pay in India for quite some time now. Last week, Samsung opened up registrations for early access to Samsung Pay in India, and today, the company has started rolling out the service to the early access registrants in the country.
Whoever registered for the early access program can now use Samsung Pay to make payments through their Samsung smartphones. Samsung Pay currently works with Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy A7 (2016) and Galaxy A5 (2016) in India, but, we hope Samsung will expand the support to other devices as well. Also, we can’t deny the possibility of future Samsung smartphones coming pre-loaded with Samsung Pay in India as the currently compatible smartphones received the Samsung Pay app through updates.
Samsung Pay is similar to Android Pay and Apple Pay. You can make payments using Samsung smartphone through Samsung Pay. The payments can be done either through MST (Magnetic Secure Transmission) or NFC (Near Field Communication). However, in order to be able to use Samsung Pay, you need to have a debit/credit card from Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Standard Chartered Bank or SBI.
Apart from this, Samsung is also letting users add their Paytm accounts in the Samsung Pay app which is a welcome move. As of now, Samsung Pay is only available for those who registered with the early access program, but, once Samsung gets enough feedback from these early access users, the company should roll out this service to all the users in India.
If you live in India, have a compatible Samsung smartphone and want to try out Samsung Pay, you can register for the early access program here.