May 20, 2022
Samsung Confirms its Galaxy 21 Series does Not Support Magnetic Secure Transmission

Galaxy 21 Owners Won’t Have Access to One of Samsung Pay’s Best Features

Samsung confirms that it will no longer support Magnetic Secure Transmission, starting with the Galaxy 21 series, because of NFC adoption…

Tech giant Samsung has confirmed that it will not continue using the Magnetic Secure Transmission or MST feature of Samsung Pay, beginning with the Galaxy 21 series and for all phones manufactured thereafter. The Magnetic Secure Transmission or MST tool is — or was — one of the most convenient elements of Samsung Pay, making contactless payments quite a bit more versatile. But, MST is gone. Fortunately, Samsung has offered an explanation.

Samsung Confirms its Galaxy 21 Series does Not Support Magnetic Secure Transmission

For those unfamiliar with Magnetic Secure Transmission or MST, it’s a bit of technology that allows consumers to make contactless payments when NFC or Near Field Communication isn’t available. In other words, it allowed people to pay at a terminal without having to swipe their debit or credit cards or relying on NFC. However, MST isn’t by any means perfect. It isn’t unusual to present it more than once in order to make it work. Samsung explains that it will defer to NFC from here out, because of its ubiquitousness:

“Due to the rapid adoption of near field communication (NFC) technology by consumers and businesses, beginning with devices launched in 2021, Samsung Pay will focus its support on NFC transactions, across the Galaxy portfolio.”

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