Samsung Electronics is planning to start foreign currency wire transfer service through SamsungPay at the end of this month and it is targeting major countries where there are many foreign exchange students. It is planning to link its APIs with two startup companies and install this wire transfer function to SamsungPay.
Samsung Electronics is focusing on advanced countries such as U.S., Canada, Europe, and China. Its plan is different from those foreign wire transfer companies that focused on South-East Asian countries for foreign workers staying in South Korea. Samsung Electronics is planning to attract foreign exchange students on top of foreign workers as its customers.
Through Galaxy Smartphone, one will be able to take care of almost every banking-related task such as payment, inquiry, transfer, fund, small investment, and wire transfer.
Samsung Electronics is using free-funding and pooling method so that one can save up to 80% compared to commercial banks when it comes to wire transfer fee. Free-funding method is when large sum of money is sent to MTO (Money Transfer Operator) and money is paid by a local partner whenever there is a request made by a customer. Pooling method is when wire transfer requests by a customer is sent once a day. Because SamsungPay’s wire transfer function does not go through international financial network (SWIFT) that is used by commercial banks or intermediary banks, it has lower wire transfer fee.
“Although our goal is to have this service available on the 28th, there is a chance that this schedule can be delayed by a day or two.” said a representative for Samsung Electronics. “We cannot confirm countries that we are targeting or how we are going to provide this service at the moment.”