Samsung y update lets you redeem gift cards buy new ones

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 10 Dec 2015

Samsung wants to keep you from forgetting about all those gift cards shoved in your desk. 

The company’s mobile payment service, Samsung y, now lets you redeem gift cards at supported retailers purchase new ones directly in the app. Fifty stores are currently on board, with Samsung pledging that more will come later.

To redeem a gift card, the merchant will need to scan your screen or enter a code. Unfortunately you can’t use the crazy-cool Magnetic Secure Transmission that lets you use your phone at payment terminals without NFC.

Other stores on the list include Babies “R” Us, Toys “R” Us, Bass o Shops, Domino’s, eBay, Nike, Regal Entertainment Group, Staples.

y this matters: This gives Samsung y a needed feature to stay competitive with Android y. us if you have a new Galaxy device this might be the impetus to try out Samsung pay, if for no other reason than to make sure all those holiday gift cards are kept in one, safe place.