Samsung Pay enters first public tests

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Samsung Pay enters first public tests

Apple Pay rival lands in Korea.

Samsung has begun trialling its new mobile payment service in Korea as its prepares for the product's official launch later this year.

To use the service, Galaxy S6 owners add one or more cards to the Samsung Pay app by capturing the card's information with the phone's camera, or inputting it manually.

To make a transaction, users hold their phone near the point-of-sale terminal and authenticate the transaction using the Galaxy S6's fingerprint reader. Samsung Pay users also have the option of using a PIN over the fingerprint reader.

The service uses a one-time token instead of a card number for each transaction for security purposes. Samsung said the service is additionally protected by its Knox mobile security platform as well as the Find My Mobile service which allows a user to remotely lock or wipe their device.

The company said the trial was preparation for a full rollout, but is yet to detail when the service will become available to those outside Korea and the US.

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