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2 million uses and counting, Samsung Pay is changing how people choose to make payments amid coronavirus

With consumers advised to use contactless payments instead of cash, as banknotes may be spreading coronavirus, Samsung Pay has become a go-to for anyone looking for easier, safer and healthier payment solutions all at once.

Given some of the biggest problems facing the world today, in particular the coronavirus outbreak, Samsung’s mobile payment solution couldn’t have come at a better time. 

This secure and simple digital wallet instantly gives supported Galaxy phones and wearables the functionality of bank and loyalty cards. Be it supermarkets, restaurants, online gambling or public events, Samsung Pay can be used almost anywhere consumers can swipe or tap a card. 

As one of the most widely accepted mobile payment solutions in South Africa, along with the likes of Zapper and SnapScan, Samsung Pay saw a dramatic uptake in usage reaching the one million transactions mark in August 2019, a year after its launch. 

This was followed shortly by the two million transactions milestone in February 2020, clearly indicating the growing popularity of cashless payments.

How to use Samsung Pay

With as many banking partners as Absa, Standard Bank, FNB, Investec, Nedbank and Discovery Bank now on board, not only has Samsung Pay changed the way consumers pay, but the ability to activate multiple payment cards in one simple solutions. 

To start making cashless payments right away, Samsung users should upgrade to the latest software version for their eligible Galaxy smartphone

They will then need to download the Samsung Pay app from the Google Play store, register or log in to their Samsung account. After selecting their preferred method of verification by fingerprint, iris scan or PIN, users can scan a debit, credit or cheque card with the camera and verify the card details.

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Tankiso Komane
Tankiso Komane
A Tshwane University of Technology journalism graduate, Tankiso Komane has a vast experience in print & broadcast media business and has worked for some of the country’s biggest daily newspapers, including The Sowetan, The Citizen, The Times, and The New Age. Through her varied work as a journalist, notably as a copywriter for SABC1 (On-Air promotions) and as a publicist for Onyx Communications, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the nature of the media business and how to use it for the purpose of exposure. Her expertise in journalism across various disciplines, coupled with a good reputation, has laid the foundation of a new kind "trust in Journalism" as the media ecosystem continues to digitally evolve.
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