Verizon took its sweet time, but it’s finally given the blessing to Samsung y.
Big Red confirmed via Twitter that you’ll be able to try it out on one of the new Galaxy devices, though you may have to wait awhile.
Samsung y will be supported on compatible Verizon smartphones (Galaxy S 6, S 6 edge, Note5, S6 edge +) through a future software update.
— Verizon News (@VerizonNews) October 6, 2015
In a follow-up tweet a company rep said there was no timeline for the rollout, however. ’ll be sure to let you know when Samsung y support does arrive for Verizon devices. The service is available on AT&T, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular for the Galaxy Note 5, S6, S6 ge, S6 ge+.
To whet your appetite, you can always check out our hs-on with Samsung y, which put the service through the paces in a week of tests.
The story behind the story: Samsung y is the clever outlier in the battle between ’s Android y Apple’s Apple y. That’s because along with NFC it also uses Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST), which allows you to pay with your phone at terminals that don’t support NFC. It may look a little bit like voodoo to some clerks, who probably aren’t expecting you to pay with a phone at a terminal built for card swipes. The other challenge is the heavy investment in mobile payments by , which can support Android y on a wider swath of devices.