"Samsung Pay will reinvent how people pay for goods and services and transform how they use their smartphones. The secure and simple payment process, coupled with our robust partner network, makes Samsung Pay a truly game-changing service that will bring value to consumers and our partners in the ecosystem," said JK Shin, CEO and head of IT & mobile communications at Samsung.
When is the Samsung Pay UK release date?
Samsung Pay UK release date: 28 April 2017 (TBC)
Samsung Pay has been available in the US since September 2015, but we're still waiting for it to come to the UK. During February's Unpacked 2016 event in which it launched the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, Samsung confirmed that it would come to the UK some time in 2016, but didn't give an exact timeline.
We're now in March 2017 and there's still no sign of the service, with Samsung Pay apparently held up by ongoing negotiations between Samsung and UK banks. It is now tipped to launch alongside the Samsung Pay Mini app with the Galaxy S8 launch, itself the subject of much debate.
The Galaxy S8 will be unveiled in an Unpacked event on 29 March 2017, and the latest reports suggest it will go on sale 28 April. Either of these two dates is when we could see Samsung Pay announced for the UK.
A promising sign that Samsung Pay is almost ready for its UK launch comes from PC Advisor reader Angus Leckey, who has had the Samsung Pay app installed on his imported Galaxy Note 5 since June 2016 but only recently has it accepted his UK Nationwide credit- and debit cards. Angus says he has tried to make a payment via MST but it was declined.
We'll update this article as soon as more information is available.