When Samsung started rolling out Android 7.0 Nougat OTA update to Indian users, the tech giant added a Samsung Pay teaser to the update, something that confirmed the imminent launch of the mobile payment system in the country.
While it is now over a month since both Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge users started seeing this Samsung Pay teaser, the South Korean company has remained silent on when exactly this market will start using this service. But from the looks, it appears that the release of this application is imminent.
Apparently, those who are willing to jump onto Samsung Pay with their Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, among other supported devices, can now sign up for the platform’s early access. As noted, it is not just last year’s Sammy flagships that support this application, the likes of Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Edge+ as well as the 2016 Galaxy A5 and A7 are also in the mix thanks to recent software updates that brought the Samsung Pay app to these phones.
If you have a VISA or MasterCard debit or credit card, there’s nothing to worry about. However, what you need to worry about is your card issuer. At the moment, Samsung Pay only works with a handful of Indian banks, among them Standard Chartered, SBI, ICICI, HDFC, and Axis. Those who bank with Citibank will also be joining the party sooner than later. There were rumors that Samsung Pay will come in India with support for only American Express cards, but as you can see, this is not the case.
If you wish to be part of the early access group for Samsung Pay, you can visit the official Samsung India website from your supported device and from there, you should be able to get into the program. Even though this act confirms that the release of Samsung Pay in India is really soon, the company has not confirmed this date yet. In addition, there’s no word on when the likes of Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be updated with the mobile payment app, but it shouldn’t take long.