(EXPIRED) Easy mobile payments bonuses: Samsung Gear S3 Frontier for $110 at Amazon

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The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is currently on sale at Amazon.com for $109.99 (note that it shows a price of $199.99 on the product page, but you should see the $90 discount on the final checkout page before submitting your order). That’s an awesome price on a cool watch that is particularly useful for those who have a card like the US Bank Altitude Reserve, which offers a bonus on mobile payments. That’s because you can use Samsung Pay on this watch after pairing it with any Android phone (you don’t even need to have the phone on you all the time) and — of key importance — this specific watch has a special type of technology that makes it possible to use mobile payments almost anywhere. I’ve been using one of these watches since last fall and I love it. The downside here is that I’m currently seeing it available for shipping “in 1 to 2 months”. That usually means Amazon is backordered on the item, but I’ve had very good luck with items like that shipping (and sooner than estimated). YMMV, but worst case scenario the order gets canceled. I think it’s worth a shot if interested.

The Deal

  • Amazon.com is offering the Samsung Gear S3 Frontier for just $109.99 after a $90 instant discount during the checkout process
  • Direct link to this item (our affiliate link)

Quick Thoughts

I’ve previously written about this watch and included a video demonstrating how easy it is to use (See: Why Samsung Pay is awesome & how anyone can use it). What separates this watch from other smart watches / smart phones for mobile payment is that, like some of the previous Samsung flagship phones, this watch has a special technology that works differently than most mobile payment devices. Whereas most phones and watches require the payment terminal to be equipped to accept mobile payments, the Samsung Pay watch essentially mimics the magnetic stripe on your card so you can hold the watch next to the area of a payment terminal where you would normally swipe a credit card and it basically tricks the machine into thinking you’ve swiped a non-chip card. That makes this card useful almost anywhere with a physical payment terminal. Note that the watch also works with those newer payment terminals that are set to take mobile payments by tapping the screen, this just adds additional functionality for any place that doesn’t yet have that set up.

There are of course some limitations. At a restaurant where they take your card to go swipe it away from the table, it can be awkward (but not impossible — the waiter/waitress might think you’re nuts, but I’ve not seen one say no when asking to go to the terminal with them to pay with your watch). It doesn’t work at gas pumps (unless the pump has a newer payment terminal where you can touch your watch to an area of the pump dedicated to mobile payments). But it works at grocery stores, inside gas stations, at fast food restaurants, pharmacies, small shops,big shops, Walmart, self-checkout, etc.

I find this watch to have a lot of good uses for credit card rewards enthusiasts:

  1. You can earn 3x almost anywhere you pay in-person from the US Bank Altitude Reserve (which offers 3x on Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay)
  2. You still trigger category bonuses like US Supermarkets, US restaurants, etc.
  3. You can load up to 10 cards on the watch, reducing the number of cards you need to physically carry
  4. You can add a spouse / partner’s cards. This can be useful if your spouse has the card that earns a good bonus at the grocery store but you don’t want to be added as an AU since you know it’ll add to your Chase 5/24 count
  5. You don’t need to carry the phone with the watch, you just need to sync the phone and watch every 10 payments or so (YMMV as to exact limits)

In my opinion, it’s a great watch. It’s not perfect. I have had an issue where one specific card seem to sort of “un-sync” from time to time — I sometimes go to pay with that card and get an error on the watch that says “please stay connected to your phone” (or something to that effect). When that happens, I usually just have to restart the watch and/or turn the bluetooth on the watch itself off and back on to re-sync with the phone and make that card available again. In my case, that has only happened with an Amex card. It has been annoying when I’m in the checkout lane and it happens (in that case, I usually just switch to a different card rather than hold up the line). At the stores where I use that card, I now just pull up Samsung Pay as soon as I walk in the store to see if the card comes up with the error so I can re-sync it if necessary. It has only been an occasional issue and hasn’t stopped me from wearing the watch daily, but I figured it was worth noting as that’s been the main drawback.

As someone with a baby, I’ve been further impressed with durability. On my son’s first birthday, after smearing cake and frosting all over the place, he grabbed me by the wrist and his fingers found my watch and smeared frosting all over it. I was particularly concerned because the watch has a spinning bezel that you turn in order to switch between credit cards / menus and it gunked up immediately. I tried just wiping it and waiting until the next day, but it was noticeably sticky when trying to turn it. The watch is water-resistant, so I finally shrugged my shoulders and ran it under the faucet for a few seconds. Voila! Worked smoothly once again and hasn’t been an issue after multiple food smearings since.

Overall, I’ve been very happy with it and would recommend it for mobile payments. For $110, I’d say this one is well worth it.

H/T: Dan’s Deals

Last updated on May 11th, 2019

About Nick Reyes

Nick Reyes is a (fairly) regular guy with an animalistic passion for maximizing the value of miles and money to travel the world in comfort and style. There is little in life that he loves more than finding a fantastic deal and helping you shop smarter & harder to achieve your travel dreams.

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SteveH

As an iPhone user, is there a cheap Android phone that this is compatible with that may make it worthwhile?

Askahmed
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Askahmed

Costco is also selling the watch at the same price. Delivered in 3-5 days.

Phil
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Phil

Sold out. Will need to pick up in person now.

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smbayguy

Same price is not online at Costco, may need to go to warehouse

Robert
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Robert

No instant discount on Amazon, at least one isn’t showing up on my checkout page

Ray
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Ray

FYI you can trick gas pumps into accepting Samsung Pay if you have a blank card without a magnetic stripe that can fit into the slot. There are some examples of how to do this on YouTube.

Jack Miller
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Jack Miller

Are there any other cards–especially Chase cards–that earn bonus points for mobile payments like this? Having owned a Gear S3 for 2+ years I agree that it is a great watch. Not the watch’s fault, but the Samsung points you earn when using Samsung Pay are darn near worthless.

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Nate

Has anyone had issues getting Samsung Pay to actually activate on their S3. I got an S3 Frontier about 2 months ago as a gift and was super excited to use the Pay features. Except, my watch doesn’t have Pay.

I paired it with a Pixel 3 and there’s no Pay available on the watch or the Galaxy Wearable app installed on my Pixel 3.

Has anybody had an issue like this? Or bought a new S3 recently and not found the Samsung Pay capability?

Kinda defeats the entire purpose of this watch.

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Gwen

I got my watch from Amazon yesterday I got it all set up with my pixel and so far so good. Samsung pay works like a charm. I think the altitude reserve just became a keeper card. The only complaint is the watch is a bit big for me but hopefully, I will get used to it.

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Mike Lips

I just purchased an S3 frontier Bluetooth from Amazon prime and they didn’t mention anything about the $110 price Can you please clue me in I’d like to save 7 $90