Update: Samsung Pay open beta has now rolled out to all registered users. Selected users have been sent an SMS requesting users to add their Maybank Visa cards. More below.
After an undisclosed delay in its rollout, it appears Samsung is finally ready to unleash its mobile payments solution, Samsung Pay, to the Malaysian public – via open beta, at least.
Thanks to a tip from reader @seowtc on Twitter, who sent us a photo of a sign in TGV Cinemas 1 Utama stating support for Samsung Pay payments, and Maybank’s updated support page for Samsung Pay, we can confirm that Samsung will finally commence the open beta phase of the service in Malaysia from 12 December, before expanding to the general public from mid-February 2017.
— Seow Tze Chian (@seowtc) December 7, 2016
Despite announcing 1 November as the start of the open beta phase, Samsung silently announced a postponement to the beta on 11 November via an email sent to all who registered for the open beta.
But, from Maybank’s Samsung Pay promotion page, the open beta phase has now been set to run from 12 December 2016 until 11 February 2017. It appears Samsung is keeping true to its promise of releasing the service in Q4 of this year.
For now, Maybank is the only banking partner that supports Samsung Pay in Malaysia. The recent launch of CIMB Pay could also mean that other banks are actively looking to support the service, which will only mean good news for Malaysian consumers.
Update: Here’s the SMS sent to all registered users, confirming the rollout of the open beta:
Congrats on being the 1st to test Samsung Pay! Enrol your Maybank Visa Card & pay with Samsung Pay to win cash back fr 12/12/16 – 11/2/17. T&C apply.
Thanks again for the tip, @seowtc!