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If you have certain Samsung smartphones, you can ditch your wallet for good – Samsung Pay lets you pay with your phone virtually anywhere you could use your credit card. Samsung Pay gives users full control of their digital payment journey by ensuring all transactions are secure and authenticated by the user. Featuring Samsung’s defence-grade Samsung Knox security platform and biometric authentication through iris or fingerprint scanning, users can have peace of mind that their personal payment information is safe. Additionally, tokenization ensures that a user’s actual card information is never exposed during a transaction, making every payment more secure.
With Absa customers already enjoying the early access benefits of Samsung Pay, Standard Bank customers are also now able to make use of this highly secure and convenient payment method. Standard Bank cards supported during early access are Mastercard credit and cheque cards.
How does it work?
Samsung Pay is extremely simple to use. Launch the app, which comes preloaded on capable Samsung smartphones, or just swipe up from the bottom of your screen.
- Activate the app, and add your authentication methods – pin, fingerprint or iris scan if supported by your phone.
- Add your qualifying credit cards just by snapping a picture of them. You can also use other payment methods, such as PayPal.
- That’s it. You’re ready to use Samsung Pay.
Is it secure?
Yes – using Samsung Pay is even more secure than using your credit card in the usual way. Not only does Samsung Pay incorporate all the security provided by your bank, it adds the safety of authentication by pin, fingerprint or even iris scan. Plus, Samsung’s own security system, Knox, adds another layer: a random token that’s generated for every transaction, meaning your real card number is never used from your phone. Knox also encrypts all your data to keep it safe.
If your phone is lost or stolen, you can remotely lock or erase your Samsung Pay account with Find My Mobile.
Is it available on my phone?
Samsung Pay’s list of compatible devices expands all the time. Of course, it’s available on the latest Galaxy Note9, S9 and S9+, as well as the S8, S7 and S6 families, the Galaxy Note8 and Note5, and the Galaxy A8.
As a reward for being an innovator, Samsung has launched three promotional campaigns: get a R30 Mugg and Bean discount voucher with your first Samsung Pay transaction; tap 5 times and get a R50 Steers Voucher and tap 10 times to stand a chance to win one of five Galaxy S9 devices.
You may need to update your software to use Samsung Pay. It’s available on the Samsung website.