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You can only do these cool things with Samsung Pay in Korea -- for now (pictures)

Pay for the train, speed up and ATM withdrawal. In Samsung's home town, I saw it mobile payment system in a whole new light.

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Jessica Dolcourt

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In Seoul, South Korea, I hit the streets with Samsung's team to try out some of the Samsung Pay features you only see here for now. Call it a look at Samsung Pay's future.

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First stop, this shave ice cafe, which I'm pretty much obsessed with. Here, Jenn authorizes her credit card with her fingerprint.

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Step 2 in Korea is that the cashier holds it up to his payment console.

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And Step 3 is that Jenn, whose personal account this is, has to sign. It isn't as fast as Samsung Pay in the US, but them's the local rules.

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Next, Jenn went through the motions of buying something online, and picking Samsung Pay to fund it -- instead of a Visa or MasterCard, or PayPal, for example. This could save you time by verifying with your fingerprint instead of typing all your credit card credentials into a new site.

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Here's a neat trick: In Korea, you can start an ATM deposit or withdrawal before you get there.

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Select the amount from the app (Korea's local currency is won)...

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...and then place the phone on the pad at the ATM to finish up and quickly get your cash or make your deposit.

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Samsung Pay also holds public transportation credentials, so a quick tap of the phone on the card reader moves Jenn along.

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The same goes for a Samsung smartwatch equipped with Pay, which looked dead easy.

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One last look at a cashier terminal accepting Samsung Pay and perhaps other NFC payments.

Liked this? Read more stories of my techie travels through Asia.

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