- Posted by Newsdesk
- On 17th July 2017
Chinese tourists to Europe have been granted the ability to use the WeChat social media platform while travelling, following an agreement between Dutch mobile service provider KPN and Tencent, the developer of the app.
The service is being made available via special WeChat Go SIM cards, which are being made available for purchase at major airports in China and Europe.
A 1GB WeChat Go SIM card costs 12 euros with 15 days validity, while a 4GB card valid for 28 days costs 33.50 euros. Following the abolishment of roaming tariffs in June 2017, users will be able to enjoy access to the service throughout EU member states without paying additional charges.
KPN revealed that, on top of 4G data access, the SIM cards will also offer specialised services including travel information and Chinese video content, as well as set amounts of call minutes within Europe and to China, as well as the ability to receive free calls and SMS messages within the EU.
Company spokesperson Stefan Simons highlighted the practicality of the service, claiming: “This is for the convenience of the Chinese customers, who can buy it and then put it in their cellphones and use WeChat Go without having to worry about which operator they have to connect to”.
In addition to the launch of WeChat Go SIM cards, users of the social media platform travelling in Europe will also be able to benefit from the introduction of the WeChat Pay electronic payment service following an agreement with Wirecard.
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