Samsung Pay is being tipped to launch in the UK next month. The mobile payments service has been available in the US since September 2015, and Samsung originally planned a UK launch in 2016. We’re now in March and there’s still no sign of it, as negotiations between Samsung and UK banks rumble on. It is now set to be unveiled alongside the Samsung Pay Mini app with the Galaxy S8 release.
Last week, we reported that Samsung Pay had finally gone live in India, after Samsung teased a launch during February. Banks onboard include Axis, HDFC, ICICI, SBI and Standard Chartered, with Citibank set to join them in the near future, and the service works with Mastercard and Visa cards.
It is only currently available for those who signed up for Samsung’s early access programme (no news yet on when the service will be rolled out across the country). An interesting addition is support for the Paytm wallet, a smart move by Samsung given the popularity of Paytm in India. Samsung Pay is also available in South Korea, the US, Malaysia, Spain, Russia, Thailand, Brazil, China, Singapore, Australia, Puerto Rico, whilst a Canadian launch is in the works.