Samsung Pay adds PayPal option

James Marshall
July 17, 2017

The move will allow Samsung's mobile payment platform Samsung Pay to be linked to PayPal accounts, which paves the way for Samsung to expand its consumer base, according to Samsung.

Samsung and PayPal have actually partnered in the past, starting with the launch of the Galaxy S5 smartphone back in 2014 that integrated fingerprint authentication into the device for seamless PayPal payments online and in-store. Samsung did not announce a timeframe as to when PayPal support in Samsung Pay would expand outside the US, only saying that it would also arrive "soon".

Today, it has announced that yet another payment method can be added to Samsung Pay, but it's not a credit or debit card.

Coming soon, consumers in the USA will be able to use PayPal within Samsung Pay at millions of retailers.

Setting it up is easy as well.

"Users simply add their PayPal account to Samsung Pay, and can then spend the balance anywhere Samsung Pay is accepted", the South Korean tech giant said in a press release.

This integration enables users to make payments from their PayPal wallet via Samsung Pay.

Initially, access to PayPal payments will be limited to Samsung Pay users in the USA, but it will be extended to other markets shortly. Its mobile payments technology, a rival to Apple Pay and Google's Android Pay, works both with NFC point-of-sale system and those using traditional mag strip technology. It can also be used for online payments. Samsung says that it will roll out support for Samsung Pay users in other markets in the coming weeks.

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