Towards the end of July, news broke that Samsung Pay would be making its way to South Africa, but only for Absa customers.

The mobile payment service has remained an exclusive to Absa for only a couple of weeks, however, with Standard Bank customers now capable of accessing the service provided they have a compatible device.

“We’re proud to be offering this exceptional service to South Africans and the positive response from banks and vendors,” noted Craige Fleischer, VP of integrated mobility for Samsung South Africa.

For those unfamiliar with the offering: a user who has the service active on their Samsung device via the Samsung Pay app can simply tap at a payment terminal to facilitate transactions where the offering is accepted.

As far as compatible devices go, Samsung South Africa have listed the following:

  • Galaxy Note 8
  • Galaxy S9
  • Galaxy S8
  • Galaxy S7
  • Galaxy A8
  • Galaxy A5
  • Galaxy A7 (2017 model)

The new Galaxy Note 9 is not listed by Samsung SA just yet, but we’re assuming the device will be compatible when it launches locally on 24th August.

In order to entice sign-ups, Samsung have a promotional offer for users that begin tapping away with the service.

Their first Samsung Pay transaction earns them a R30 voucher for Mugg & Bean, five taps a R50 voucher for Steers, and 10 taps the chance to win one of five Galaxy S9 smartphones.

At this stage there’s no mention of when the tap incentive ends, or indeed when the winners of the S9 phones will be announced.

What should be interesting to see, however, is how well Samsung Pay is received locally. Also intriguing is how this payment service compares to Standard Bank’s SnapScan offering.