Unlimited Messaging and Streaming on New StarHub WeChat Go SIM

Unlimited Messaging and Streaming on New StarHub WeChat Go SIM



Singapore, 8 September 2017 – StarHub today unveiled two new mobile prepaid SIMs called StarHub WeChat Go SIM (新加坡星WeChat Go微信乐游卡), in partnership with WeChat. With StarHub WeChat Go SIM in their phones, users will be able to enjoy unlimited social messaging on the WeChat app.

StarHub WeChat Go SIM is designed to better meet the mobile needs of the growing number of visitors from China. According to Singapore Tourism Board, tourist arrivals from China increased 36 per cent in 2016 from the year before[1]. In a 2017 survey by Hotels.com, Singapore is the top Asia Pacific destination that Chinese travellers want to visit in the next 12 months[2].

“Marking four years of partnership with WeChat, we are happy to introduce StarHub WeChat Go SIM and make them available in China for travellers’ convenience. Through this alliance, visitors from China in Singapore will be able to easily stay in touch with anyone on an app they are accustomed to, without worrying about excess local data charges,” said Ms Karen Ng, General Manager, Mobile Prepaid, StarHub (星和移动预付业务总经理黄慧敏).

“We are delighted to continue our partnership with StarHub to offer Chinese travellers an enhanced experience in the island nation,” said WeChat. “Through our network of partners like StarHub, we always work to expand WeChat’s ecosystem and give WeChat users more value-added services.”

The combined monthly active users of WeChat and Weixin reached 963 million as of June 2017. It remains the most popular social media app in China according to a recent Kantar report [3].

StarHub WeChat Go SIM users will be able to enjoy free local data access to the Lingcod TV mobile app. Developed by video streaming provider Sunway Media, Lingcod TV offers over 100,000 hours of high-definition movies, documentaries, and educational content out of China.

"This launch is an achievement for Sunway Media,” said Mr Luo Weiyu, CEO, Sunway Media (森威传媒CEO 罗卫宇). “It shows our ability to undertake cross-border research and development as well as marketing and promotion. We will continue to work with global partners to develop innovative products and services for our users worldwide.”

StarHub WeChat Go SIM will provide local talktime, SMS and international direct dialling (IDD) credits. Users will also get Happy Roam data for their travels across 14 other overseas destinations. In an upcoming enhancement, users will be able to add data and extend validity using credit cards and WeChat Pay through WeChat’s self-help mini programme.

Starting 11 September 2017StarHub WeChat Go SIM will be made available to Chinese travellers through popular online travel agencies, namely Mafengwo, Tongcheng Tourism and Qyer.com. Upon touching down at Changi Airport, they will be able to easily activate the SIM at any of the 15 UOB Currency Exchange Counters. StarHub WeChat Go SIM will also be made available locally at StarHub Shops and 7-Eleven stores.

Please see table below for pricing details:

Price
$16 StarHub WeChat Go SIM
$32 StarHub WeChat Go SIM
Validity
7 days of use
12 days of use
Unlimited local data access to WeChat and Lingcod TV
Yes
Yes
Local data bundle
7GB
15GB
Happy Roam data bundle for use across 14 overseas destinations
1GB
2.4GB
Local talktime
500 outgoing minutes with free incoming call
3000 outgoing minutes with free incoming call
Local SMS
Unlimited
Unlimited
IDD calls to China
60 minutes
150 minutes

[1] Singapore Tourism Board. (13 April 2017). International Visitor Arrivals Statistics.
[2] Hotels.com. (2017). Chinese International Travel Monitor.
[3] Kantar. (June 2017). China Social Media Impact Report 2017.

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About StarHub
StarHub is Singapore's fully-integrated info-communications company, offering a full range of information, communications and entertainment services for both consumer and corporate markets. StarHub operates a mobile network that provides 4G and 3G services. It also manages an islandwide HFC network that delivers multi-channel pay TV services (including HDTV, Internet TV and on-demand services) as well as ultra-high speed residential broadband services. StarHub operates an extensive fixed business network that provides a wide range of data, voice and wholesale services. Over Singapore’s fibre-based Nationwide Broadband Network, StarHub offers a broad range of home and business broadband plans, as well as commercial and residential IPTV services.

Launched in 2000, StarHub has become one of Singapore's most innovative info-communications providers, and the pioneer in 'hubbing' - the ability to deliver unique integrated and converged services to all its customers. StarHub, listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange since October 2004, is a component stock of the Straits Times Index, the MSCI Singapore Free Index, the SGX Sustainability Leaders Index and the SGX Sustainability Leaders Enhanced Index. Visit www.starhub.com for more information.

About WeChat
WeChat envisions and innovates new ways for people to connect, communicate and share. A mobile social communication app designed for smartphone users, WeChat is one of the world's fastest growing social apps with 963 million of monthly active users internationally. WeChat empowers users in fun and dynamic ways, by bringing together messaging, social communication and games in one seamless, interactive experience, with comprehensive privacy and security settings that can be tailored as needed. WeChat provides a central point of control for users to share voice, photos, videos, and text messages across their entire social eco-system. Through Official Accounts, WeChat allows brands to deliver rich and high-touch appealing content experiences to engage with and grow their communities. WeChat is available free to download on Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Symbian, Windows operating system, web version and Mac for desktop version.

Learn more about WeChat and download the app at WeChat.com.
Dive into the world of WeChat through WeChat’s blog, Chatterbox.
Watch cool videos on WeChat’s official YouTube channel.


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