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February 11, 2016

Samsung Galaxy S7 may signal launch of Samsung Pay in UK, Spain

by John_A

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Samsung Pay has only rolled out to a couple countries so far, the U.S. and Korea. Samsung clearly wants to see that list expand, but making that happen has proven to be a long, slow process. A couple new markets appear to be ready with a launch just over the horizon as signs point to Samsung Pay coming to the U.K. and Spain markets in conjunction with the launch of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge.

This development surfaced thanks to comments made by Nathalie Oestmann at a Samsung company event, the European Forum 2016. Oestmann, the Head of Samsung Pay Europe, said Samsung Pay will be “coming to the UK and Spain very soon this year. More details [will follow] at MWC in a few weeks time.” MWC 2016 will take place later this month and Samsung is planning to unveil their new smartphones on February 21 in conjunction with MWC 2016.

Oestmann did not give any clues as to an actual “go live” date for Samsung Pay in the U.K. and Spain. If Samsung is ready to say something at the same time they launch their new Galaxy smartphones, the odds are good the mobile payment platform will be launched in those new markets along with the phones.

Currently Samsung Pay only works with certain smartphones including Samsung Galaxy S devices produced during the past year and the Galaxy Note 5. There does not seem to be any reason the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge would not join the portfolio of devices that support the app. One issue for U.S. customers has been the limitation to certain carriers, so we will have to watch to see if a similar restriction is put in place in the U.K. and Spain.

source: Pocket-lint

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