Although not scheduled to officially launch in the US until late September, Samsung has begun accepting applications for users to beta test its Samsung Pay mobile payment system in the country.
Before being accepted onto the program, you need to pass a little checklist of things. First, you will need a smartphone that is compatible with Samsung Pay. Either the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+ or Note 5 will do. You will need an active Samsung account too.
Potential applicants will also need a supported card from either Bank of America, MasterCard, Visa or US Bank. Samsung Pay is also only compatible with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular networks for now, Verizon customers will have to wait a little longer. If you meet all of the above criteria and agree to Samsung’s terms and conditions, head on over to the beta invite website and plonk down your email address.
Samsung Pay is already apparently off to a strong start in South Korea, with over 80,000 credit and check cards registered with the service already. Support for a wide range of card readers is being citing as one of the reasons for such a quick early adoption rate. We will have to wait and see if the service proves as popular in the US.
The full US release date for Samsung Pay is currently scheduled for September 28th.