Samsung has announced a partnership with Westpac, one of Australia’s major banks, to offer Samsung Pay to its credit card and debit cards customers to make payments on their smartphones on the move.
Samsung Pay can be used with compatible products including the upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ as well as with the Gear S3 smartwatch.
This partnership with Westpac is in addition to Samsung’s existing partnership with Citibank for Mastercard.
“We know Australians use their smartphones every day to enjoy content, stay connected and organise their lives,” said Richard Fink, Vice President, Mobile Division at Samsung Australia.
“Partnering with Westpac will bring the security and convenience of Samsung Pay to millions of Australians.
“Through our partnerships with Australian financial institutions and loyalty card providers, we are bringing our customers closer to replacing their physical wallets with their Galaxy smartphones.
“I am excited not only by the great potential of Samsung Pay for our customers but also in its ability to allow our partners – like Westpac – to offer greater value to its customers.”
On the security side, Samsung says the S8 and S8+ will bring in the iris scanner as an authentication method along with fingerprint and PIN.
Samsung will have an NFC provisioning feature so you can add your credit card details to the Samsung Pay app just by tapping a card on the back of the device.