African financial services group Absa has partnered with Samsung South Africa to offer its customers early access to Samsung Pay. The move comes ahead of the service’s commercial launch in the country.

The partnership follows the recent launch of Absa’s new identity after separation from Barclays.

Commenting on the alliance, Absa retail and business banking CEO, Arrie Rautenbach said: “It will allow them to make simple, quick and highly secure payments with their Samsung Phone when purchasing goods at most retailers on both contactless and non-contactless terminals where they currently use their Absa cards – without ever having to get their card from their wallet.”

The service can be availed by Absa debit and credit cardholders through compatible Samsung devices. Those devices include Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+, Note 8, S8, S8+, S7, S7 Edge and A8 models. Using Samsung Pay will enable will allow Absa customers to enjoy faster payments from their phone.

Subsequently, Absa will now request selected customers to participate in the Samsung Pay early access programme.

Samsung South Africa vice-president of integrated mobility Craige Fleischer said: “Once you’ve used Samsung Pay, you’ll wonder how you lived without it. It is convenient, so easy to use and incredibly secure.”

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“Samsung Pay doesn’t store or share payment or card information, making it safe to use. Of course, all Samsung devices have the indomitable Samsung Knox to ensure everything is extra secure, ensuring multiple layers of security are in place to keep it safe from hackers trying to steal your personal information.”