It's been nearly four years since LG Pay was first confirmed and two years since it originally launched, but LG's mobile payment service is finally arriving in the U.S.
LG Pay is available in the U.S. starting today. It can be downloaded from Google's Play Store on supported devices. Right now, the only device that works with LG Pay is the LG G8 ThinQ, but the support for the LG V50 ThinQ, LG V40 ThinQ, LG G7 ThinQ, and LG V35 ThinQ will launch in the coming months.
Support for both NFC and WMC is included with LG Pay, meaning you can tap to pay using near field communications or use wireless magnetic communications at traditional magnetic strip terminals. This means that LG Pay can be accepted most everywhere that Mastercard and Visa cards work.
LG touts that its mobile payment service has support from several top financial institutions. Those include Chase, PNC Bank, Regions Bank, State Employees' Credit Union, U.S. Bank, and Virginia Credit Union. More financial institutions are expected to be supported later this year.
In addition to paying for things with your phone, you can use LG Pay to buy and send digital gift cards from hundreds of retailers and restaurants. This is enabled by LG's partnership with Swych, which also allows LG Pay users to swap their gift cards purchased through LG Pay to any of the other merchant gift cards included in the app.
When it comes time to use LG Pay, you've got a few options available to you. You can launch the app and pay that way, or use LG PayQuick and swipe up from the bottom of your phone's screen for a faster way to pay. LG Pay also supports voice commands.
LG Pay isn't the only mobile payment solution in town, but it is nice to see it finally launch in the U.S. and give LG device owners another option for paying with their phone. The inclusion of WMC support is big, as it greatly expands the number of places where LG Pay can be used, similar to Samsung Pay. Here's to hoping that LG Pay expands to other phones soon so that more LG users can try it out.