After unveiling the Galaxy Note 7 yesterday at their Unpacked event in New York City, the South Korean company has just pushed out an update to their Samsung Pay app. This is their mobile payment service that uses both NFC and MST to make payments with your smartphone. It competes head on with Apple Pay and Android Pay. There had been rumors that Samsung was working on a loyalty card, and it appears to have just shown up in this app update. The update doesn’t say much about Samsung Rewards, other than “Participate in qualifying Samsung Pay promotions and earn a Samsung Rewards Card”. It also notes that you can earn rewards by referring others to use Samsung Pay and get nearby offers.
One of the offers that they have available right now is a $20 eCertificate for Samsung.com, if you buy a qualifying Samsung Galaxy smartphone between June 22nd and August 1st. Which obviously, this promotion is already over with, but you can still apply for your eCertificate if you did indeed buy a new phone during that time frame.
It appears that the rewards card is a virtual card and not a physical one here. So it’ll be part of your Samsung Pay wallet, but not your physical wallet. It’s a great way to get more and more users using Samsung Pay, which is obviously what Samsung wants here. The Samsung Rewards Card is a great way for users that already use Samsung Pay to rack up some rewards, without really doing anything different. Definitely something everyone will love. When you fire up the app, after updating to version 2.2, you will see a screen talking about what’s new here in this version. And it’ll tell you all about Samsung Rewards.
The update to Samsung Pay is in the Google Play Store now, as you’d expect, it’s only available for a few Samsung smartphones – basically just the flagships from 2015 onwards. This includes the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge and it will be available for the Galaxy Note 7 when that launches on August 19th.