Samsung Gulf has announced that they have entered an “early access phase” in the UAE with six local banks for its mobile payments service, Samsung Pay.
Originally launched in South Korea in 2015, Samsung Pay is now widely available in 14 countries including the United States and India. The introduction of the service into the UAE will allow users of certain Samsung smartphones to make credit card and debit card payments via their handsets.
Mashreq Bank was the first to introduce the service in January, while Emirates NBD announced earlier this week that a select group of its customers would get the chance to try out the service by enrolling in a beta. RAKBank, ADCB, First Abu Dhabi Bank and Standard Chartered are also all trailing the service.
The list of eligible devices devices stretches only as far back as the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and includes: Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy A5 ,Galaxy A7 (2016, 2017), Galaxy A3, as well as the upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.
There’s no firm timeline on how long the trial phase will last, but hopefully this will light a fire under Apple to start rolling out their own Apple Pay service to its customers in the region.