Hardware firm Samsung is reportedly very close to signing a deal with a virtual card payment provider who could pull it into the same market as Apple and the Pay system.
Apple's Pay has been gaining traction this week and a cluster of companies have recently announced their adoption. Samsung, which has in the past followed an Apple lead, will enter the market by working with a firm called LoopPay, according to reports.
The ReCode website has sources that claim this, but no official comment from the two firms. We have made our own advances.
ReCode has unnamed insiders. One says that the deal is looking flaky, and could fall apart. Another claims to have seen the LoopPay system, which would let users pay for items in stores with their handset, in operation on a Samsung handset.
The Samsung Nexus hardware has had near field communications payments, via Paypal, since 2011, and more recent hardware comes with a fingerprint scanner.
Samsung, which declined our request for more information, could, like Apple, look to bring its payment system closer to home.
LoopPay already works with both Apple and Android phones and presents itself as a case attachment, card or fob/dongle. In November the company said that its service was accepted in 40 times more locations that the Apple rival.
Prices, for the fob, which is the cheapest option, start at around £20. LoopPay has not yet responded to our request for confirmation.
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