Samsung Pay have confirmed last month that they were expanding their service into three additional countries, which were Russia, Thailand and Malaysia. The promise at the time was that these countries would see the payment service go live before the end of 2016.
Today, customers who are eagerly waiting for Samsung Pay in Malaysia will be happy to know it has indeed launched, even though it is in Beta stage at the moment. Samsung is working in partnership with Maybank to use their debit, credit, and prepaid cards. Customers will be able to use newer Near Field Communication (NFC) as well as older Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) payment terminals. These trials are to iron any bugs in the system before the official launch.
The list of supported devices at the moment is : Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy A7(2016), and Galaxy A5(2016). You will notice that the Gear S2 and S3 are missing at the moment. It is thought that support for these devices will be ready at official launch, which should not take too long now.
If you want to take part in the beta then you first need to register, wait for an email to be sent to you if your registration is successful. It could take up to 10 days for the email to arrive and registrations are accepted until December 16.
Samsung Pay is currently available in South Korea, United States, China, Spain, Australia, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Brazil and Russia. We are also hoping to see it hit the UK in early 2017.