Credit card provider MBNA has announced it will support Samsung Pay. The company will be among the first to offer the service to its customers in the UK.

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MBNA said all of its cards have been contactless payment-enabled since 2013 and that its customers are already of the most active users of the technology.

Ian O’Doherty, CEO of MBNA, said: “Our customers are looking to MBNA as the credit card experts to deliver handy new ways to pay – ways that offer them convenience, speed and safety.

Contactless spending in November reached £1bn for the first time. - Image by LDprod/Shutterstock.com

“We’re investing in delivering our customers Samsung Pay at the earliest opportunity, showing how we’re helping make life easier for them.”

By the end of 2015, one in 10 card transactions was contactless, with contactless spending for a single month hitting a record £1bn in November.

Samsung is the latest smartphone producer to offer a mobile payment service, launching Samsung Pay in South Korea and the US last year.

About 5m users processed more than $500m in the first six months.

“Since its introduction last year, Samsung Pay has changed the way people pay and use their smartphones,” said Samsung’s InJong Rhee.

“We’ve already seen significant consumer adoption and we continue to see great momentum.

Samsung Pay will be supporting the MasterCard, Visa and American Express networks - Image by dean bertoncelj/Shutterstock.com

“Our aim is to expand Samsung Pay to even more locations around the world, and our customers should expect to see more features in the year to come.”

The service is being launched in China in March and in Australia, Brazil, Singapore and Spain as well as the UK later this year. There are also plans to launch in Canada.

To use Samsung Pay, which is currently available on Galaxy devices including the S6, S6 edge, S6 edge+ and Note 5, users can simply swipe up, scan their fingerprint and pay.

It is compatible with the majority of existing and new payment terminals and can be used almost anywhere you can tap or swipe your card.

As well as supporting credit and debit cards, the service also allows users to add transit passes, coupons and membership cards.

Other companies working with Samsung Pay as it expands in 2016 include MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Nationwide Building Society.