Co-op bank added to Samsung Pay
On September 26th 2017, Samsung announced that Co-operative bank cardholders can now register and use Samsung Pay on their Samsung devices. Further UK banks in Samsung’s portfolio include MBNA, Nationwide, Santander, First Direct, HSBC and M&S Bank.
Alongside the S7 and S8 range, the new Note 8 phablet has also been added to compatible devices. Further devices include the: S6, S6 Edge, A3 (2017), A5 (2017) and gear S3 smartwatch.
How to use Samsung Pay
Samsung Pay can be downloaded from the Samsung Galaxy Apps store. Once you’ve signed into your account, you’ll go through the security authentication process – scanning your fingerprint or iris and entering a pin. To add your cards you’ll need to snap a picture and provide your signature where necessary then you’re ready to use the new service virtually anywhere you can tap your contactless card – however it’s worth noting a limit of £30 may apply depending on merchant policies. As long as you have an internet connection you’ll receive a push notification to your phone after each transaction so you can keep track of all your transactions – you can also do so via the app for each card by tapping on it.
You can authenticate transactions by your fingerprint, pin number or iris scanner. In the unfortunate case that your device is lost or stolen, you’ll be able to remotely lock or erase your Samsung Pay account with Find My Mobile. Samsung’s Knox technology is also in place to constantly monitor your phone ensuring your information is safe, while tokenization creates a unique randomised set of numbers at each new transaction so your real card number is never used from your phone.