Samsung Touts Samsung Pay Uptake Ahead of US Launch

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Expedia releases an app exclusively for Samsung.

It only launched a month ago, but Samsung Pay has been used for more than $30 million’s worth of transactions in South Korea, as the electronics giant prepares to open the service to U.S. users in a bid to challenge Apple in the mobile payments space. Samsung Pay is the company’s mobile payments system, which allows customers to store their card details in a “mobile wallet” and pay using their smartphone. The service is available on the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+ and Note5 phones, as well as the Gear S2 smartwatch—all devices that Samsung released this year.

What makes it sound useful for frequent travelers, though, is its dedicated customer support line, which promises to answer questions and help you resolve issues “no matter the day or time.” That said, the new app might be worth installing even if you don’t find any of those particularly compelling, if only for the $50 discount you’ll get for your first hotel reservation over $250. The company claims this will allow Samsung Pay to work with over 90 percent of the world’s retailers. “The response we’ve received so far has been beyond our expectations,” Injong Rhee, executive vice president of Samsung Electronics and global head of Samsung Pay, said in a news release. You’ll get to keep your current user name (as long as it doesn’t contain invalid characters, in which case you’ll have to go through a few extra steps to make the transfer), and all your old comments will eventually (not immediately) migrate with you. The first figures on Samsung Pay came as the company gets ready to launch the service in the U.S. on September 28, followed by the U.K., Spain and China at yet unspecified date.

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