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Verizon finally backs Samsung Pay, promises support will come in future update

Derek Walter | Oct. 7, 2015
Big Red was the lone carrier that didn't jump on board Samsung's quest to push its way into the mobile payments space.

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Samsung Pay was demonstrated by Samsung at IFA 2015. Credit: Mikael Ricknas

Verizon took its sweet time, but it’s finally given the blessing to Samsung Pay.

Big Red confirmed via Twitter that you’ll be able to try it out on one of the new Galaxy devices, though you may have to wait awhile.

In a follow-up tweet a company rep said there was no timeline for the rollout, however. We’ll be sure to let you know when Samsung Pay support does arrive for Verizon devices. The service is available on AT&T, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular for the Galaxy Note 5, S6, S6 Edge, and S6 Edge+.

The story behind the story: Samsung Pay is the clever outlier in the battle between Google’s Android Pay and Apple’s Apple Pay. That’s because along with NFC it also uses Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST), which allows you to pay with your phone at terminals that don’t support NFC. It may look a little bit like voodoo to some clerks, who probably aren’t expecting you to pay with a phone at a terminal built for card swipes. The other challenge is the heavy investment in mobile payments by Google, which can support Android Pay on a wider swath of devices.


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