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Samsung Pay hits Hong Kong

Samsung Pay now official in Hong Kong after an early access phase
Samsung Pay
Concluding a brief early access phase, this mobile payments system is now fully available in Hong Kong. Apple Pay and Android Pay are both present in the area already, so gaining popularity in Hong Kong is a tough task for Samsung's service.

Samsung Pay might not be as popular as its competitors, but this mobile payments platform is slowly expanding in new markets, also adding support for more banks and credit unions in the existing ones in the meantime. In Hong Kong, Samsung Pay went through a short early access phase, and now the service is available for everyone (as long as they have a compatible handset).

The users of this system based in Hong Kong get support for Bank of China's local branch, as well as DBS, next to Citibank, Dah Sing Bank, American Express, and Standard Chartered. The types of cards supported are Mastercard, Visa, and AMEX.

Apple Pay and Android Pay have been present in Hong Kong for a while already, so Samsung Pay has a long battle ahead. At this time, the sad part is that only Galaxy flagships from late 2015 are supported, meaning that Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge/Edge+ users would have to upgrade their handset or use a competing service that works with their devices.


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Codrut Nistor, 2017-05-25 (Update: 2017-05-25)