Even though the Samsung Galaxy S4 won’t be launched at Mobile World Congress, the handset is lying in wait until March 14th when the company will hold a press event. Samsung already confirmed the device’s announcement date and location, it even sent invitations to the event, so we know for sure that it’s coming soon. The stuff we don’t know is what sort of new features will come along with the Galaxy S4.
It appears that the smartphone will be featuring Visa’s payWave NFC-based wireless payment application. In Barcelona, Visa confirmed that it has signed a partnership deal with Samsung, mentioning that the application will be included on the “next generation” line of smartphones developed by Samsung. Of course, the company hasn’t actually mentioned any specific phones, but we’re pretty sure that the payWave app will be featured by both Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3. It would make sense because the handset’s predecessors have NFC support, as well.
However, even if Visa has confirmed the partnership with Samsung and its wallet application will be included on the manufacturer’s devices with NFC support, there are some doubts whether the application will function with the Samsung smartphones released in the United States, or not. Remember that some of the US-based mobile carriers will certainly offer the ISIS payment platform in order to rival the payWave . As a matter of fact, some of the carriers are already providing Google Wallet.
So, in case you will buy the Samsung Galaxy S4 you will have the opportunity to use the payWare app with the Visa credit cards. Yes, the application is able to deal with other credit cards too, but Visa will only support its own cards on the Samsung smartphone.
I know that this a not a decisive feature when choosing a smartphone, but it can be very useful if you have a Visa credit card.