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Verizon blocks PayPal fingerprint authentication on the Galaxy S5

PayPal Scanner - Galaxy S5 Verizon

Buyers who received their Verizon Wireless branded Galaxy S5 today will be a bit taken surprised to know that their device doesn’t support fingerprint authentication with PayPal. This is a feature which Samsung heavily endorsed during the launch of the smartphone back in late February and it’s clearly not going down well with the carrier.

Verizon is yet to clarify and provide details on this omission, but it seems like the carrier doesn’t like the idea of customers using their fingerprints to make PayPal payments. Luckily, this has only been observed on the Verizon variant of the smartphone as AT&T and Sprint models have no trouble allowing this particular feature.

The PayPal authentication feature requires users to download a certain app from the Play Store, which appears to be incompatible with the Verizon model. So this is definitely a deliberate move from Verizon. We’ll keep you posted for more information on this new revelation.

We recently learnt that the Download Booster feature was missing from the Sprint, AT&T and Verizon variants of the smartphone, which was expected since carriers don’t like users tinkering around with their data usage. But this new revelation has taken us by surprise really.

Let us know what you think of Verizon’s decision to leave out this feature from the Galaxy S5.

Via: Droid-Life