Samsung Pay is five years old, and it's getting a grownup gift for its birthday: a debit card.
Samsung plans to introduce a debit card this summer that's backed by a cash management account. It's partnering with online personal finance company SoFi for the new card, which it will detail "in the coming weeks."
"In 2020, Samsung Pay will be expanding our service from being a rewarding way to shop and pay, to also being a rewarding way to manage money," Sang Ahn, general manager of Samsung's North American Samsung Pay business, said Thursday in a blog post. "Over the past year we have been busy developing a mobile-first money management platform."
The debit card will mark the latest evolution of Samsung Pay. It will join Apple's credit card -- called -- and a . The companies have all been looking for ways to expand beyond letting people pay for items with their mobile devices. Offering a credit or debit card is a way to build customer loyalty amid fierce competition for smartphone customers. It also comes at a time in light of the global novel coronavirus pandemic.
Samsung launched its mobile payments service for its smartphones and wearables . The idea was for users to pay for items by waving their Galaxy device near a store's checkout register instead of swiping a credit card. It was much like Apple Pay, which went live a year earlier, but it didn't require special point-of-sale terminals that had tap-to-pay NFC technology. Instead, Samsung Pay worked with NFC, magnetic stripe and EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) terminals for chip-based cards.
Since that time, Samsung Pay has given users the ability to, receive and take advantage of promotions. That includes bonus Samsung account points and vouchers with a number of participating retailers. Chase Pay users can also link their existing digital wallet with Samsung Pay and people can use Samsung Pay to pay for mass transit.
"We created Samsung Pay because we believe the most powerful tool for managing your finances is the device that's always at your fingertips," Samsung's Ahn said in the draft blog post. "Over the past five years, we've collaborated with leading innovators to bring new experiences to life that make it easier to take care of the things that matter most."
Apple introduced its Apple Card last year and started Apple Pay. It also exists as a physical titanium credit card. It's part of Apple's effort to expand beyond being the "iPhone company" and into making recurring money from services.. It is designed for users, has no fees, offers daily cash-back rewards and works with
And Google is believed to be developing physical and digital debit cards, which would be tied to an app for payments, managing purchases and checking balances. The goal is to make the card the foundation of the search giant's Google Pay mobile payments service.
CNET's Lexy Savvides and Rich Nieva contributed to this report.