UnionPay app serves more Hong Kong and Macau cardholders with recognized smooth experience
2018-09-29

Since the launch of UnionPay app in Hong Kong and Macao this month, the range of service users has continued to expand. From now on, local Android mobile phone users can download and use the app as well. Meanwhile, following the Bank of China (Hong Kong), now Bank of China Macau Branch, K&R international and Banco Nacional Ultramarino have also supported their pairing with the UnionPay App, meeting more mobile payment needs of Hong Kong and Macau cardholders.

With the opening of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high-speed railway, cross-border traffic in Greater Bay Area has become more convenient. According to data from the Hong Kong Immigration Department, passenger volume had exceeded 120,000 two days before the opening of the Hong Kong high-speed rail. On social media, posts about the cross-border mobile payment experience in Greater Bay Area have increased significantly. ”UnionPay app offers a daily check-in red envelope and a lottery, great!” Hong Kong netizen @Sano posted a screenshot of the check-in red envelope in Guangzhou on UnionPay app. Netizen @我是周璇 smoothly purchased the high-speed rail ticket from Hong Kong to Mainland China via UnionPay within 12306 app.

Now, Hong Kong and Macao residents can enjoy the enjoy one-click cross-border mobile payments by pairing their local UnionPay card with UnionPay app. In addition to Bank of China (Hong Kong), Bank of China Macau Branch, K&R international and Banco Nacional Ultramarino, Bank of Communications (Hong Kong), Guangfa Bank Macau Branch and other Hong Kong and Macao banks will support their pairing with UnionPay app during the next month. It is expected that most local banks will support UnionPay app within this year.

Residents of Hong Kong and Macau can download the UnionPay App from the Apple Store or Google Play. After registering with a local mobile phone number, users can link and manage a UnionPay card issued by a local bank. Users can then make QR code payments, in-app payments and other types of local and cross-border mobile payments. Bank cards that support UnionPay Mobile QuickPass can also use payment services such as Apple Pay via the UnionPay App. Additionally, the app allows users to collect credit card points, top up mainland mobile credit, pay mainland utility bills and access special offers locally and across the border. In the future, users will also be able to use the app to pay for a range of other services, including local bills, school fees and contactless parking payment.

To coincide with the launch of the UnionPay App, UnionPay is enriching the mobile internet payment scenario in Greater Bay Area and expand the use of UnionPay app. There are already thousands of shops in Hong Kong and Macao that support UnionPay OR code payment, and 300 self-service vending machines accepting UnionPay QR code will be launched soon. Before end of the year, more than 10,000 merchants in Hong Kong and Macao will accept UnionPay QR code payment. Hong Kong and Macao residents can also use UnionPay during travel. At present, UnionPay mobile payment service has covered 41 countries and regions, among which 7.5 million merchants in mainland China accept UnionPay QR code. The application scenarios cover retail, catering, attractions, entertainment, accommodation, transportation and so on, including nearly 400,000 merchants in Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

UnionPay International is giving away "red envelopes" and discounts to holders of cards linked to the app. Residents of Hong Kong and Macau who conduct his first transaction through the app will receive a red envelope worth RMB88. Ajisen Ramen, Tai Hing, Wai Yuen Tong, SSP, Pricerite and Commercial Press, and a range of eateries and retailers in Guangzhou, Zhongshan and Zhuhai are also offering special discounts to UnionPay App users from Hong Kong and Macau.