Samsung Pay has been available in the US for a few days, but it has already proven to be a very successful mobile payment system in Korea, since its launch a little earlier over there. Despite being compatible with only four devices from the company, its success might come from the fact that is compatible with most credit card readers which read magnetic codes, in addition to the newer ones that support NFC technology. In fact, Samsung is highlighting this capability in their advertisements, calling it “the most accepted mobile payment”.
To promote the launch of this service in the U.S., Samsung is partnering up with some local retailers in various cities to provide exclusive discounts on certain items and they will make demos of the service so that users can learn how to interact with it, while emphasizing its convenience and safety. The company chose some of the most vibrant and iconic cities in the U.S. for the tour including Austin, Dallas, Atlanta, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, where Samsung Pay can be used in many places, from coffee shops to taco stands.
The tour will start today at the Austin City Limits Music Festival with a special block party and they will be there the whole weekend. Music fans will be able to pay for almost anything inside the festival, plus they will be able to get Austin City Limits gear with 50% off at the special stands located in the Galaxy Experience and Galaxy Owners Lounge. The tour will continue on to Dallas from October 9th to October 11th, then Atlanta from October 16th to the 18th, New York from October 23rd to the 25th, Chicago from October 30th to November 1st, San Francisco from November 6th to the 8th and finally, Los Angeles from November 13th to the 15th.
In terms of device compatibility, Samsung Pay currently works with the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5. The carriers that currently support the payment solution include AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular, though Verizon is expected to support the service in the near future.