Samsung Pay now incorporates buying and using 50 popular gift cards

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Samsung Pay is the most widely accepted mobile payment platform on the planet, and now they’re stepping up their game even further. Samsung Pay will now support the purchase, storing, use and sharing of 50 of the most popular gift cards on the market, just in time for Christmas. Samsung also announced a gift card store where users can purchase gift cards for themselves or others right on their phone within the Samsung Pay app.

Samsung is making a major push to be the king of the mountain in the mobile payment game. The biggest advantage they have is being able to use the mobile payment platform with older style magnetic strip detectors with their Magnetic Secure Transmission technology. This technology lets Samsung Pay emulate magnetic strips and expands the ability to pay at many more stores and shops with older hardware.

[blockquote author=”Injong Rhee, EVP of Samsung Electronics, Global Head of Samsung Pay”]With the support of more than 50 major retail gift cards and the launch of the in-app gift card store, Samsung Pay is bringing consumers an easier way to use gift cards[/blockquote]

The mobile payment industry is right now in a race to the most convenient. Samsung has a challenge because they’re only on Samsung devices, which to be fair dominate the Android landscape. But, now that you don’t have to carry multiple credit cards and multiple gift cards with you it’s easy to envision leaving the house with just your phone and ID and being fine.

Here is a list of all the gift cards Samsung Pay will now support: Buca di BeppoGap OptionsOfficeMaxSouthwest Airlines
ArcLight CinemasCarnival Cruise LinesGhirardelli ChocolateOld NavySpafinder Wellness® 365
AthletaCalifornia Pizza KitchenGoodcents Deli and SubsOmaha SteaksStaples
Babies “R” UsCurtis LumberGordmansPacSunSur La Table
Baby GapDetroit ZooGrinders Above and BeyondPanda ExpressSwinging Doors
Banana RepublicDominosGymboreePep BoysTabasco
Barnes & NobleeBayLegal Sea FoodsPuckett’s GroceryThe Container Store
Bass Pro ShopsExpressLucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-QueRegal Entertainment GroupToys “R” Us
Bob EvansGameStopMax & Erma’sRue 21Whole Foods Market
Bow Tie CinemasGapNikeShoney’sWooden Nickel

Source: Business Wire

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