Samsung opens up Samsung Pay to Gear S3 and Gear S2
Yes, you can now make contactless payments from a smartwatch.
In the race for contactless payments supremacy, having a large customer base is essential. It’s an issue that Apple Pay particularly has faced; while it has recently taken on board a number of smaller Australian banks and financial institutions it’s still not what could be reasonably called widely available in Australia. The same is broadly true for Android Pay and Samsung’s own inhouse payments system, Samsung Pay.
The issue for Samsung Pay to date has been complicated by the fact that it works only with specific Samsung handsets. While Samsung’s higher-end Galaxy phones are popular in the Australian market they’re hardly the only choice for smartphone buyers. Samsung’s latest tactic to engage more Samsung Pay customers is to open it up wide via its new Gear S3 smartwatch and existing Gear S2 smartwatch devices.
The Gear S2 launched last year, while the Gear S3 only went on sale in Australia last Friday with two models costing $599 each.
Both Gear smartwatches have NFC capability built in, and via Samsung’s Gear app, available for Android and iOS platforms, customers with a qualifying credit card from a supporting Australian financial provider will be able to make payments from today.
So far, launch partners American Express and Citi are the only two Australian Samsung Pay providers on board with the service, so you’d still need one of their cards to make use of Samsung Pay.