If you want to use Samsung Pay you’ll need to get your hands on a Samsung phone. The mobile payment option isn’t available on, say, an HTC U11. But it sounds like Samsung wants to change that.
According to Gadgets 360, Samsung is holding internal conversations in an effort to get Samsung Pay onto devices that aren’t branded with the Samsung logo. To make that vision a reality, Samsung has to get other companies to put a specific chip in their phone: Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST), the technology that makes Samsung Pay work on payment terminals without NFC. That’s not an easy task, so Samsung is talking with a variety of different manufacturers from various markets hoping to get a foot in the door.
Today’s report also indicates that Samsung may actually roll out an accessory that bridges the technological gap in rival phones. This could be similar to the LoopPay Card Case, which is a small battery-powered “puck” that enables mobile payments. That move wouldn’t be too surprising, considering Samsung acquired LoopPay prior to the rollout of Samsung Pay a couple of years ago.
One final note from the report states that Samsung is also planning on putting full-fledged Samsung Pay on more of its own devices, bringing the mobile payment option to its mid-range lineup before the end of 2017. They’ll need to include that aforementioned special MST-supproted chip. Up to this point, low-end and mid-range Samsung phones have only offered support for Samsung Pay Mini, which doesn’t offer the ability to make payments at checkout locations.
If you own a phone that has Samsung Pay on it, how often do you use it? Should Samsung Pay roll out to other phones?