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Starling Bank partners with Samsung for mobile payments

Starling is now the only UK bank to offer Apple Pay, Google Pay, FitbitPay and Samsung Pay to consumers.

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Announced today, digital bank Starling has partnered with Samsung to offer mobile payments method Samsung Pay to all Starling customers, creating the bank’s fourth partnership for making purchases via a mobile phone.

Starling users will now be able to make contactless payments at the point of sale using nothing but their Samsung phone, using iris, fingerprint or PIN recognition to prove their identity. 

“The addition of Samsung Pay to our ever-expanding range of digital wallets is a sign of Starling’s commitment to deliver great customer experience and fast, easy, secure ways to pay,” said Julian Sawyer, COO for Starling.“Samsung Pay was requested by our customers and we have delivered on our promise to provide the service and to give users a new kind of banking - one they really want.”

The bank now offers its users a variety of mobile payment options attached to their Starling debit card, spanning both mobile phones and tech gadgets like smartwatches and health wrist monitors.

Kyle Brown, head of technology, services and launch management at Samsung Electronics commented: “We’re delighted to be offering Starling Bank’s customers access to Samsung Pay, helping more people to transform the way they pay for day-to-day items with a service that’s very simple and incredibly secure.”

Starling itself is currently in the midst of a rather public bidding war for a slice of the RBS Remedies fund, which is designed to help smaller banks and other financial services firms enhance their business banking offerings. CEO Anne Boden has previously argued that the caps on eligibility for the fund are far too high, allowing incumbents to benefit where challengers might be better served to help small businesses.

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