A few weeks ago, Tencent had announced plans to introduce WeChat Pay in Malaysia. Now we are a step closer as Hong Leong Bank has received approval from Bank Negara Malaysia to offer WeChat Pay payment solutions together with Tencent’s payment arm.
Looks like we’ll be getting WeChat‘s e-wallet sooner than we think, with Tencent’s ecosystem set to roll out sometime next year.
Tencent, the company behind popular social chatting app, WeChat, has applied for a license to enable payment services in Malaysia. If this goes through, Malaysians make payments using their smartphones seamlessly via their linked bank accounts.
Apple isn’t usually on the receiving end of hacks, malwares and viruses; not often at least. Though, the iOS App Store, has relatively been safe, recently Chinese developers have inadvertently implanted a spoofed version of the Xcode software that’s used by Apple on some of their apps.
Through WeChat, Digi customers can manage their mobile account and perform various transactions such as checking their Digi account status, purchasing Internet quota, gaining access to Digi rewards and sending feedback to Digi’s customer service. WeChat users who are not Digi subscribers can also connect with the operator via the application. To connect with Digi via WeChat, look for “DIGI_MY”. In its announcement, Digi and WeChat were not clear as to operating hours of the service, so we can’t say if Digi_MY on WeChat is available 24/7.
In any case, if you’re a Digi Weekly or Monthly Prepaid Mobile Internet data subscriber, you can use WeChat to connect with Digi without using up the quota from your subscribed data plan.
The giving of Red Packets or Ang Pows is a traditional custom in the Chinese New Year celebrations. Just recently, instant messaging service WeChat had experimented with the concept of Virtual Ang Pow where users can send credits between 0.10 to 100 Chinese Yuan (approximately RM0.05 – RM55). What’s more interesting is that a sender can specify a total amount to be given out with a list of contacts. Then the app will randomly create different “ang pows” values that are distributed randomly like a lucky fortune cookie.
The results were rather astonishing. Just between the eve until 4PM on the first day of Chinese New Year, a total of 75 million virtual ang pows have been transacted across more than 5 million users. It was estimated about 9,412 virtual ang pows per minute have been transacted during the peak holiday season. The biggest winner is WeChat as they have managed to get even more users to link their bank accounts to their WeChat profile. That gives them a bigger base to enable long term micro transactions over its network. The overnight success have sent some shock waves across the industry and even Jack Ma from Ali Baba had compared the virtual Ang Pow phenomenon like a Pearl Harbour attack which came without any warning.
Will mobile phones replace the Chinese New Year tradition of giving? Certainly not for now but who knows in future when there’s little need of carrying physical cash.
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U Mobile’s Unlimited Mobile Internet prepaid offerings is one of the best value for money offerings in the market. After its UMI 48 package, they have now introduced a new UMI 38 option which offers 500MB of data, 200 minutes of calls and 30 SMS for just RM38/month. This is similar to its earlier UMI 28 offering but with an extra 100 minutes of talk time.
On top of that, U Mobile now offers free data usage for WeChat and KakaoTalk messengers for UMI 28, UMI 38 and UMI 48 subscribers. Not a bad offering for those who use these 2 instant messaging service on a daily basis.
Head over to U Mobile’s Unlimited Mobile Internet page for more info.