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Samsung Pay Is Not Included On Verizon’s Galaxy S7 & S7 Edge

March 9, 2016 - Written By Kristijan Lucic

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones are Samsung’s latest and greatest offering to the mobile world. The company has introduced these phones last month in Barcelona, and the devices have been available for pre-order for quite some time now (in select regions). The two smartphones will go on sale on March 11th (in select regions), and some users who pre-ordered them already received their copies in the US.

That being said, a ton of Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge reviews surfaced yesterday, and thanks to that, we were able to find out plenty more details about these two handsets. As you probably already know, Samsung has pre-installed their mobile payment app on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, so you’d expect to see it once you purchase the device from a carrier, right? Well, yes, unless we’re talking about Verizon. It seems like Verizon decided to remove Samsung Pay from the company’s newest flagships for one reason or the other. So, why did they do that? Well, Verizon is a part of the carrier-supported Softcard coalition, and is partnered with Android Pay. Now, we don’t know if the carrier has an exclusivity agreement with one of the mentioned parties, which could be a reason for the removal of Samsung Pay, but we’ll make sure to let you know if any additional info surfaces, Verizon might officially reveal the reason for this move.

This is not exactly a big problem though, as you can easily sideload Samsung Pay, in case you want to use the service, of course. All you have to do if follow this link, download the .apk file, transfer it to your phone (if you haven’t downloaded it directly from your handset), and simply install it as you would any other application on your device. Now keep in mind that some reports claim that the app will be available for download from the Google Play Store on March 11th (when the phone goes on sale), so you might even be able to officially download and install it. Either way, this is a rather interesting move by Verizon, let’s wait and see if the company will make any official comments regarding this.