Press Release / Ripple8
Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) and WeChat, China’s biggest mobile app, have sealed a groundbreaking partnership for the launch of Smart WeChat Go Philippines, which lets Chinese tourists experience the Philippines with greater ease and convenience.
WeChat, operated by Tencent, is China’s most widely-used one-stop app with over 1 billion users relying on it for functions such as online messaging, mobile payment, transportation and travel, hotel reservations, and more.
WeChat Go is a program that serves millions of Chinese tourists around the world. With vast tie ups in Europe, Malaysia, and Singapore, WeChat Go lets travelers use the app around the world not only for online messaging, but also for features such as mobile payment, coupons, tourist information, hotel, restaurant, and airline reservations, as well as travel insurance, and many more.
WeChat Go makes its much-anticipated expansion in the Philippines by introducing the Smart WeChat Go SIM which aims to serve the growing number of Chinese travelers. That means the half a million Chinese visitors touring the country can now enjoy worry-free connectivity and seamless, convenient online transactions as they explore the country’s most popular tourist spots with free WeChat access, up to 4GB of mobile data, and up to 30 minutes of international calls to mainland China, depending on the SIM package availed. Smart WeChat Go SIM users can also conveniently top-up exclusive data packages through the Smart Mini Program within WeChat.
“With over 450,000 Chinese tourists coming to the Philippines this year alone and over 1 billion Chinese using WeChat as their primary app for everything they need online, this customized Smart WeChat Go SIM makes the travel experience of Chinese tourists in our country more convenient, fun, and memorable. With our special SIM, they can connect online for travel information, and enjoy all their favorite apps and services while enjoying the beauty of our country the best way possible,” said Mary Alice R. Ramos, VP and Smart International Roaming and Consumer Business Head.
Stay connected in the Philippines
Smart WeChat Go SIM comes in two variants: Package A, daily access to WeChat, 15 minutes of international calls to mainland China, and 2 GB of open access data valid for 5 days available for Php225.00 SRP; and Package B, also with daily WeChat access, 30 minutes of international calls to mainland China, and 4 GB of open access data valid for 8 days available for Php345.00 SRP.
Smart WeChat Go SIM features a convenient Chinese-language user interface, easy top-up via Smart Mini Program, secure payments using users’ WeChat wallets, and more. Travelers also get access to exclusive WeChat Go Philippines data packages for sending messages, photos and videos, and making online calls to friends and family on the WeChat app—while being able to book tours, post on social media, look up restaurants and other activities, read travel blogs, and watch travel videos with up to 4 GB of open access data.
The country’s fastest award-winning mobile network
Smart is the country’s undisputed fastest mobile network in 2018, as recognized by global internet testing and analysis leader Ookla. The network has also been topping UK-based mobile analytics firm OpenSignal’s Mobile Experience Awards since 2017, while Canadian crowd-sourced mobile data company Tutela and Germany-based global benchmark leader P3 have cited Smart for offering the best download speeds and data connections in the Philippines.
Make the most of your travels in the Philippines by getting your Smart WeChat Go SIM! For more details,visit www.smart.com.ph/WeChatGoPH, and follow Smart on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SmartCommunications), Instagram and Twitter (@LiveSmart).