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Samsung charges no fees for Samsung Pay, one-ups mobile payment competitor Apple

Samsung announced at its recent Galaxy S6 and S6 edge announcement at MWC 2015 that its mobile payment solution, called Samsung Pay, would utilize both NFC (near-field communication) and magnetic secure transmission (or MST). MST technology allows merchants to process mobile payments with traditional credit card readers. While Apple Pay utilizes NFC only, Samsung Pay would utilize both NFC and MST – which means that Samsung Pay’s adoption rate would skyrocket compared to Apple Pay, particularly in the US where traditional card readers still reign supreme.

But what about fees? Clearly, mobile payments systems involve merchant fees, and merchants aren’t fond of paying too much in the process. Apple Pay, announced last September, requires that merchants pay a 15% fee such that Apple makes 15 cents from each $1 processed in a mobile transaction. Samsung intended to charge 1.5 cents for each $1 processed in mobile payment transactions, but it’s had a change of heart: Samsung will now allow merchants to utilize Samsung Pay at its stores and businesses for free.

It’s clear why Samsung is doing this: the company wants to battle Apple in the mobile payments space, and with Apple Pay having over 45 partners in its new program, it can’t afford to waste any time getting businesses aboard with Samsung Pay. Samsung’s announcement pertains to its home country, Korea, currently, although it seems unlikely that Samsung would require merchant fees in the US, where Apple has its strongest support in worldwide market share.

The largest Android OEM has said that it looks to grow by way of acquisitions in order to recoup its losses from 2014. To that end, Samsung has acquired three new companies since 2015’s inception: Brazilian printing company Simpress, MST mobile payments company LoopPay, and Utah-based digital LED display company YESCO Electronics.

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kiffy200
kiffy200

15% of $100 is $15 think you have your maths or percentages are out a little.

adam.kirby5
adam.kirby5

I think that this will be extremely beneficial for us the consumers. The more businesses that adopt this technology, the more our lives will benefit. Not to mention the fact that it’s a hell of a lot easier carrying around just your phone rather than both a wallet and phone. People will say “what if you lose your phone?” and to that I say the probability of losing your phone is just as likely. And people will also say “what if you phone is stolen” and to that I say your wallet is just as much a target as your… Read more »

adam.kirby5
adam.kirby5

Whoops… I mean wallet on the first point… Not phone ha ha. Silly me.

kiffy200
kiffy200

Totally agree with you id rather have my finger print than a 4 digit pin number! anyone can easily remember a 4 digit pin if they look over your shoulder and see you enter it!!