Samsung’s latest smartphones the Galaxy S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5 were officially unveiled last week, and with the announcement of both phones came the confirmation that Samsung would be launching their highly anticipated mobile payments app called Samsung Pay about a month after the launch of these devices. Even though both phones will support Samsung Pay though, the actual service will also have to be supported by the carriers who are selling those devices, something which Verizon Wireless may be deciding to leave out of the models they’ll be selling. If Verizon chooses not support Samsung Pay then any of the customers who pick up either of those new phones through the carrier may be left out of the mix once the mobile payments service goes live.
While this is still an unconfirmed status at this point, if you navigate over to the support section of the Samsung Pay webpage, Samsung has listed all of the carriers alongside the various banking institutions which have already confirmed they’ll be supporting Samsung’s mobile payment solution. T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint (even U.S. Cellular) are all listed as supported carriers, but Verizon Wireless is conveniently left off the list, which some are obviously taking to mean that Verizon aims not to support the feature and service.
Further, Verizon has apparently stated that “we are in the process of evaluating Samsung Pay and we will keep our customers updated on any news regarding the service.” It isn’t a direct declination to support Samsung Pay but it displays that Verizon is not 100 percent on what to do. They haven’t come to a decision on the matter just yet, but it’s still entirely possible that they may come to a conclusion which subscribers find suitable. For now, Verizon customers might find it advantageous to simply assume the worst in this scenario, that they might not be able to use Samsung Pay on the network if they choose to go with a Samsung phone which will support the app. Should Verizon decide not support it officially, that leave their subscribers with Android Pay or Apple Pay supported devices as their only options, which some subscribers likely won’t be happy about.