Samsung Pay has received a much-requested update in Russia. The upgrade transports compatibility for Soyuz, GPB and SKB debit cards, which are all issued by MasterCard, as well as a number of miscellaneous bug fixes and stability improvements.
It’s worth noting, however, that it could take a few days for the update to reach your handset, but as soon as it does, you’ll be able to activate Samsung Pay in order to start making mobile payments in brick-and-mortar (and online) stores.
Russia was the ninth country that Samsung Pay reached following its debut in South Korea back in August 2015. When it launched, a total of five banks were supported: Alfa-Bank, VTB24, MTS Bank, Raiffeisen Bank and Russian Standard Bank.
Samsung Pay is available on a whole host of devices, including the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S6, though support varies region by region. In India, for example, it’s available on a selection of mid-range smartphones.