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Samsung Set To Launch 'Samsung Pay' With Galaxy S6 at MWC

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hazydave
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Re: why it is ALWAYS Apple?
hazydave   2/5/2015 11:04:33 AM
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Valued at less that $100 million?!? I'm certain Google has that kind of money in their couch... they probably just have to reach down under a cushion or two, won't even need to tip it over. 

Probably a good deal for Softcard, too. Right now, they're only working with American Express, Wells Fargo, and Chase. I'd expect that to merge resources with Google Wallet, though you never quite know with Google -- sometimes they leave a new acquisition alone, sometimes they "Googleize" it. 

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Pablo Valerio   2/5/2015 2:41:39 AM
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There are rumors that Google might buy "Softcard", the new name of "ISIS":

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/17/us-google-softcard-idUSKBN0KQ01L20150117

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Re: why it is ALWAYS Apple?
hazydave   2/4/2015 10:32:51 PM
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Sure, good point. Apple grabbed direct control of their hardware warky on, so what they say happens. Google doesn't sell directly to the telcos, and no hardware company that does had the leverage that Apple did. But I'm also wondering if it's just better timing. The network of RFID pay terminals is already in place. The telcos don't seem to have made much progress on their own pay networks... maybe "ISIS" just wasn't a good name?. They don't block Google Pay anymore... that was a huge fuss when I got my Galaxy Nexus, no big deal on the LG that replaced it. And of course, Apple's been advertising Apple Pay. Despite some of the Apple Pay setup app being virtually identical to Wallet, and Android having three years of compatible phones, they have not done a great job at spreading the word. But it works great already -- not sure what Samsung Pay is going to deliver that's better.

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Re: why it is ALWAYS Apple?
Pablo Valerio   2/4/2015 5:21:05 PM
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Good question. I believe the answer is that Apple has the power to dictate the rules to the carriers, Samsung doesn't.

Apple launched Apple Pay when the market for mobile payments was ready for taking. The NFC contactless POS and credit card standard is implemented and Apple got help from NXP and the banks to launch the service.

Carriers had no option but to accept it and continue to offer the iPhone, while they have been blocking any attempt of other manufacturers to launch a payment service.

I'm eagerly waiting to see Samsung's announcement. It is possible that Samsung will introduce its payment application in selected markets only...

We'll have to wait to March 1st.....

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Re: Galaxy S6 Launch
hazydave   2/3/2015 3:05:34 PM
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Seriously. And why it is ALWAYS Apple. Ok, sure, Apple often figures out how to make what everyone else has look sexy. And when they actually do something unique, maybe they should be copied. 

But if Samsung had called it Samsung Wallet, they could have launched it 2 years ago and got a big jump on Apple. Sure, that would have required them copying Google for a change... but given all of the apps on any given Galaxy device, they've always shown they can copy Google. What's the hold-up? 

Or maybe it's just pay-back (sic) for Apple's iPhone 6plus. 

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jzws   2/3/2015 2:15:15 PM
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Very much doubt Samsung can compete in mobile payment at same level as Apple. A more likley scenario is they have done a deal with someone like LoopPay with its magnetic secure transmission service linked to the fingerprint sensor   being inegrated into the S6. At least  it will differentiate the two.

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Frank Tu   2/3/2015 1:24:49 PM
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I think that's "What Next Can We Copy from Apple?"

(It must be so frustrating to work at Samsung)

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Galaxy S6 Launch
Pablo Valerio   2/3/2015 12:02:41 PM
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Samsung has started to send invitations for the S6 launch, with the headline "What's Next"

It will be on Sunday, March 1st at the Barcelona Forum, the day before the MWC officially starts.



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