Samsung and Visa sign NFC deal, Galaxy S IV first to get integration


Visa has sealed a deal with Samsung to be its first global NFC partner, which will see the handset maker embed Visa's NFC payment software in its smartphones and tablets--including its upcoming flagship device, the Galaxy S IV, set to be unveiled on March 14 in New York. 

In total, Visa and Samsung's agreement will cover 100 million NFC-enabled devices in the next twelve months. However, the deal is not exclusive on either side; Samsung can work with others such as MasterCard and Visa can work with other partners.

Speaking to TechCrunch, Bill Gajda, Visa's global head of mobile product said:

We needed to start this project with the largest device maker in the world,

Visa already approves devices equipped with NFC technology and says they have been working with "nine out of the top 10 handset makers" to do it. Gajda added:

We've approved 55 devices already, and have 55 more waiting in line.

Gajda refused to comment if one of the handset makers was Apple or if Apple plans to incorporate NFC into its iPhone smartphones, but he did say that some in the industry still feel that if they got on board it would be an important part of getting NFC more mindshare.

Source: TechCrunch

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Did you see that iFans? Visa said...they needed to start this with the largest device maker in the world. A spot once held by Nokia. The only downside is, most banks automatically issue Mastercards, as you have to specifically have to ask for a Visa card...Citibank requires that when you are issued a card, you have to take delivery of the MC first and then request the Visa version. Seems so stupid.

Anyways...good job Samsung securing such an awesome deal.

Apple doesn't need to be the largest device maker, they need the biggest profit, it's a different business model to Samsung, even if both are super successful. Similar to Mac vs PC. An Apple user who isn't a fanboy should know this.

The mastercard thing really depends on the country, here in the UK I've always been given Visa by default. However it is good that Samsung isn't into some sort of exclusive contract.

xstex said,
Apple doesn't need to be the largest device maker, they need the biggest profit, it's a different business model to Samsung, even if both are super successful. Similar to Mac vs PC. An Apple user who isn't a fanboy should know this.

The mastercard thing really depends on the country, here in the UK I've always been given Visa by default. However it is good that Samsung isn't into some sort of exclusive contract.


Thank you. Logic also dictates that Samsung makes 20+ phones a year and thats me being generous. Apple males 1 every year and is either first or second in every survey. Be it marketshare, usage, etc.

Tired of people like you making mindless comments about apple fans.

Before you continue I'm a user of all 3 platforms.

TechieXP said,
Did you see that iFans? Visa said...they needed to start this with the largest device maker in the world.

Oh noes! How will I justify my purchase to random Internet people now?!

Sikh said,

Tired of people like you making mindless comments about apple fans

Why was that in reply to me? I'm a Apple fan and agree with what you said.

Sikh said,

Thank you. Logic also dictates that Samsung makes 20+ phones a year and thats me being generous. Apple males 1 every year ...

Actually Apple "males" more than 10 iPhone models every year...

iPhone 5 (16, 32, 64GB models) Black models, white models
Iphone 4s (16GB, black and white)
iPhone 4 (8GB, GSM, CDMA models, Black/white)

Yup, Samsung makes a ******** of different models, but Apple makes more than 1.

jasondefaoite said,

Actually Apple "males" more than 10 iPhone models every year...

iPhone 5 (16, 32, 64GB models) Black models, white models
Iphone 4s (16GB, black and white)
iPhone 4 (8GB, GSM, CDMA models, Black/white)

Yup, Samsung makes a ******** of different models, but Apple makes more than 1.

Apple makes 1 phone as in "iPhone 4s or iPhone 5".

Yes different configurations but 1 phone. Samsung has at least 13 different versions of the s2 running around for carriers and then a reiteration to that because of the s2 plus and then carriers like us cell that have special models based off of s1 or 2 or 3. Us cell has 4 different models of the s1 all named different all different hardware all from the same family.

So what are you so butthurt about?

xstex said,

Why was that in reply to me? I'm a Apple fan and agree with what you said.

Sorry i didn't meant to refer to you. I was referring to op(techiexp). I should really stay off neowin at night

TurboShrimp said,
Would you trust your money with this tech ?

Why not? NFC...near field communications. Its not like someone can access your phone from a distance

TurboShrimp said,
Would you trust your money with this tech ?
u trust technology with your money everyday, why should it be any different? Don't you get direct deposit? Don't you pay bills online? Don't you file your taxes electrnically? Don't you swipe your card to buy stuff? How is this any different? At leats no one can steal you card number when you hand them the card which has happened to me.

I used my card at a Dave and Busters. 3 days later, I had over $4000 in travel tickets purchased. Since it was the only day I actually gave my card to anyone, it was obviously the Slovak I gave my card to did it. American Express was already on top of it and had a new card sent even before I called them. I sued Dave and Busters and I got the employee fired. With NFC...no one gets my card.

Anyways as I said...u trust people with your money by varied electronic means. What is the point of being afraid now?

I wonder if it will be different than the one in the CC itself. With my CC there's a very small limit of around $20 or so anything above I have to use the chip/pin

In truth I don't "need" a Smartphone. But I have one. NFC has made my life simpler and I welcome its convenience.

NFC does have some pretty sweet applications at home. For a few $$$ you can buy your own stick on tags and then program your phone to act on those tags.

I am going to do this with my phone that I just got on Friday (Samsung Axiom). Set one tag up in the car, scan it when I get in - it will switch to driving mode, set the wireless off, GPS on, etc.... Scan again, turns all back off and reverses the process.

One for home, do the same thing but differently. Things like that.

Medfordite said,
NFC does have some pretty sweet applications at home. For a few $$$ you can buy your own stick on tags and then program your phone to act on those tags.

I am going to do this with my phone that I just got on Friday (Samsung Axiom). Set one tag up in the car, scan it when I get in - it will switch to driving mode, set the wireless off, GPS on, etc.... Scan again, turns all back off and reverses the process.

One for home, do the same thing but differently. Things like that.

The amazing things that Android/Samsung can do that Apple phone holders cant. Its not about whether you need it, and yes NFC is a gimmick. But as with all gimmicks they all have some usage.