TELUS and Tencent Launch WeChat Go Travelers SIM for North America

Solution will allow Chinese travelers to stay connected when traveling to Canada and the United States

A WeChat logo is displayed on a mobile phone as a woman walks past as she talks on her mobile phone at a taxi rank in this picture illustration taken July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/Illustration/Files

TELUS Communications Inc. in partnership with Tencent, has launched an exciting new option for Chinese tourists travelling to Canada and the United States. The new WeChat Go North America and WeChat Go Canada travelers SIM cards will provide seamless coverage on 4G LTE data on the most reliable networks in North America.

The cards work with the WeChat Go Mini Program and allow users access to usage information, top-ups, and billing options. WeChat Go users will also have access to complimentary Lingcod TV service – China’s premiere TV/Movie and movie streaming service.

“We are excited to work with Tencent to develop a solution that will enable Chinese travellers with access a mobility solution across North America using TELUS’ global connectivity capabilities. This partnership allows us to tap into Tencent’s leading ‘WeChat’ communications and e-commerce platform, which has grown to approximately one billion users,” said Fawad Shaikh, Global VP of Business Development for TELUS Partner Solutions. “Bringing new services to market with innovative partners like Tencent demonstrates our commitment to bring the best of TELUS to the rest of the world.”

Two versions are available: WeChat Go North America and WeChat Go Canada

The WeChat Go North America (available now) can be used while traveling anywhere in Canada and the United States and comes with 5 GB of initial full-speed LTE data and unlimited access to the WeChat GO Mini Program.

WeChat Go TELUS ImageThe WeChat Go Canada (scheduled to be released by November 2018) card comes with 3 GB of full-speed LTE data, unlimited access to the WeChat Go Mini Program, 100 minutes of Canadian voice, 50 minutes of China voice, and unlimited SMS.

Top-up options include: 7, 10, 15 or 25 days using the WeChat Go Mini Program.

North America has been one of the hottest destinations for Chinese travelers.  Over 3.5 million Chinese tourists visited Canada and the United States in 2016, and that number is expected to rise to over 5 million by 2022.

 

Why use a Travelers SIM Card?

  • Avoid roaming fees
  • Guaranteed service while traveling – no issues with phone compatibility
  • Convenient to buy in advance before you leave for travels – 蓝海旅游,蓝象旅游,同程, 途牛,卓一,上海棉花糖, 穷游, 海南航空, JD, Tmall, Taobao, 同程,马蜂窝.’

Telus WeChat Go Travellers SIM Card exclusive features:

  • Available via the WeChat app and at many retailers in China
  • Free access to Lingcod TV as part of the WeChat benefits
  • Convenient and seamless service – buy the card and put in the phone and it will work on arrival – no need to set up an account
  • Avoid any roaming charges
  • Support from WeChat in Mandarin

Last year, KPN launched the WeChat Go SIM for Chinese tourists in Europe too.

 

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