Samsung Wallet shuts down... Samsung Pay is coming

Samsung fingerprint sensor
Get ready to pay with your Samsung phone.

Mobile payments is a tricky market to get right, and Samsung Wallet hasn't been able to hit the jackpot - Samsung has told Wallet users that the service is shutting down for good on 30 June.

"Unfortunately, the usage rate of Samsung Wallet was not what anyone expected," lamented Samsung on the Wallet website. "We greatly appreciate all your support and enabling Samsung users to enjoy your content and service through Samsung Wallet."

Any Wallet-related apps and widgets will cease to function after that date and Samsung says it will destroy its database "in accordance with our privacy policy". The platform launched in February 2013.

Cash and grab

All is not lost though, because Samsung has something bigger and better in the pipeline, which we heard about at MWC in March: Samsung Pay. We know it's arriving this summer so that fits in almost exactly with the demise of Samsung Wallet.

A Samsung spokesperson told us that Wallet's closure was "part of our long-term business strategy with Samsung Pay". The company also reiterated that Samsung Pay would launch "this summer" with the US and Korea the first countries to benefit.

Whereas Samsung Wallet was more of a Passbook-style service for managing coupons and loyalty cards, Samsung Pay is a fully fledged payments system - you'll be able to swipe your phone for purchases at supported retailers, and so on - so it's taking on Apple Pay directly.

David Nield
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Dave is a freelance tech journalist who has been writing about gadgets, apps and the web for more than two decades. Based out of Stockport, England, on TechRadar you'll find him covering news, features and reviews, particularly for phones, tablets and wearables. Working to ensure our breaking news coverage is the best in the business over weekends, David also has bylines at Gizmodo, T3, PopSci and a few other places besides, as well as being many years editing the likes of PC Explorer and The Hardware Handbook.