Samsung Pay partners with Visa for online purchases

Sally McMullen 31 March 2017

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Samsung Pay users will be able to use their fingerprint to shop online wherever Visa Checkout is accepted.

Samsung Electronics has partnered with Visa to bring Samsung Pay to online merchants this week. Launching later in 2017, Samsung Pay users will be able to use their digital wallets and fingerprint authentication to shop online wherever Visa Checkout is accepted.

Visa and Samsung Pay have partnered to offer shoppers a simple, fast and more secure way to spend online. As a result of the fingerprint functionality, this could be the end of filling out those long-winded checkout forms every time you want to make a purchase.

So, just like when you use Samsung Pay in-store, the digital wallet uses fingerprint authentication instead of requiring you to enter your card information, billing or shipping details every time you shop online. So, once you’ve confirmed your purchases, you’ll be able to click the Visa Checkout/Samsung Pay co-branded button and touch the fingerprint sensor on your phone to process the payment, eliminating the need to enter a username and password for each purchase. Not only is this easier for you, but it’s also more difficult for a hacker to get a hold of your fingerprint than to steal your username and password.

Samsung Pay has been available for Australians to use in-store since June 2016, but this partnership with Visa gives Samsung customers more freedom to make digital payments when shopping online. As well as this, Samsung and Visa are also hoping this technology also increases conversions for merchants as it irons out creases in various checkout processes.

Unfortunately, Samsung Pay is still only restricted to American Express and Citi cardholders, limiting the number Aussies who can take advantage of this tap and go technology right now.

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