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December 8, 2015

Samsung Pay for the Gear S2 delayed until 2016 in America

by John_A

Samsung Pay press

This year, a big push has been made in Android land to promote Pay services. Though arguably brought to the mainstream’s attention with last year’s iPhone 6 and Apple Pay, Google’s mobile OS has actually supported and included NFC technology since the Samsung Nexus S landed 5 years ago. Japan for that matter, has been using an NFC-based mobile payment system since the feature phone days of ten years ago.

Now that the technology is finally catching on in earnest in America however, Samsung’s system – called Samsung Pay – has prime potential to push the payment platform. The new Gear S2 smartwatch was cited as a way to pay when it launched this past autumn, however it seems that – at least for American users – the dream of a wrist-worn-wallet will have to wait:

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The above Tweet is now over a week old, but was picked up by SamMobile earlier today. As can be seen, Samsung Mobile US has responded to  customer’s query by indicating the payment service has been delayed until 2016.

It is unclear just what has caused the setback, especially given that Samsung Pay is not only “turned on” for several 2015 flagships, but has already wracked up a million users.  The likely culprit is a software glitch or bug, something that becomes a larger possibility given the variety of carriers who are offering the Gear S2 3G variant which may have modified software builds to support relevant network infrastructure or pre-loaded carrier software.

At this point in time, those who own the Gear S2 and live in the United States must endure a bit longer until they have the chance to pay with their wristwatch. Alas like it’s said, mo money, mo problems.

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