Students at 68 colleges and universities across the US will easily be able to use their Samsung phones to tap for access and purchases. Samsung’s Wallet app now supports digital student IDs, so long as it’s on the United States versions of the brand’s latest devices. Some of the educational institutions that have enabled ID integration for Samsung Wallet are Penn State, the University of Florida, Central Michigan University, University of North Alabama and the Stevens Institute of Technology.
Apple has supported contact-free student ID cards since 2018, allowing students to tap their phones to access facilities and, say, get food at the cafeteria. Google Pay also launched student ID integration in 2020 in partnership with a company called Transact, which offers solutions for tuition and other student expense payment. That’s the same company Samsung has teamed up with to enable this integration, which means users will have to download the Transact eAccounts mobile app from Google Play, as well.
Like other digital student ID integrations, Samsung Wallet allows students to access school facilities with their phone. The app’s Fast Mode feature will let users tap their phone without having to unlock their screen, while Power Reserve means they can use their digital ID even if their phone has switched off due to low battery reserves. That said, the capability to pay using NFC at on-campus stores and vending machines aren’t available at all of the participating institutions.
At the moment, students can only use Samsung Wallet’s digital ID support if they have a Galaxy S20 phone or later, a Note 20, a Galaxy Flip or Fold device, or a Galaxy A53. Galaxy Watch support is coming this fall. Samsung also says that it’s working to expand the offering and make it available for students in more institutions.
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