After being the lone major U.S. carrier holdout, Verizon has decided to support Samsung Pay. Verizon tweeted the news on Tuesday morning, when everyone was likely watching the Microsoft Surface and Lumia event.
The company says that after a future software update, the Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 5, and Galaxy S6 Edge+ will work with Samsung's mobile payment system. In August, the carrier was still evaluating Samsung Pay.
At that time, I noted there was really no reason for Verizon not to embrace Samsung Pay.
When Verizon was part of SoftCard with AT&T and T-Mobile, it was a different story: SoftCard was the U.S. carrier consortium's attempt to own a piece of digital phone payments. But SoftCard was sold to Google back in March, so Verizon has no skin the game.
What makes Samsung Pay so appealing is its dual approach: It works both with NFC and by sending short-range magnetic fields to simulate the data stored on the stripe of a credit or debit card.
Hopefully, Verizon pushes the software update sooner rather than later as a result, since Samsung handsets on other major U.S. carriers are already working with the Samsung Pay system.