Latest in Gear

Image credit: PA Archive/PA Images

China’s WeChat Pay comes to London

Tencent's mobile payment app is now accepted in Camden.
401 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

PA Archive/PA Images

Walk around Camden Market this weekend and you'll notice that many of the stalls now support WeChat Pay. The mobile payment platform — an extension of Tencent's messaging app WeChat — is big in China but almost unheard of in the UK (at least outside of the Chinese community). So why bother? Well, the north London market is popular with Chinese tourists. SafeCharge, a company that helps businesses process payments, took notice and has updated its point-of-sale (POS) software accordingly. Now, stall owners can accept WeChat Pay with a tablet and compatible till.

Camden is the first place in the UK to accept WeChat Pay at the point of sale. It's a small experiment, but one that could prove fruitful as Christmas draws near. SafeCharge has over 1,000 customers — many of which are based in the UK — and is now talking to other businesses, including department stores and luxury retailers, about similar support. That's not to say WeChat Pay will soon rival Google or Apple's platforms in the UK. But it could be a worthy rival for the Alibaba-owned Alipay, which recently launched a fresh marketing campaign on the London Underground.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
401 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

SpaceX hopes to offer satellite internet to customers by mid-2020

SpaceX hopes to offer satellite internet to customers by mid-2020

View
'NBA Now' game offers a quick basketball fix on your phone

'NBA Now' game offers a quick basketball fix on your phone

View
Google Home update leaves some speakers unusable

Google Home update leaves some speakers unusable

View
BYU researchers extend WiFi range by 200 feet with a software upgrade

BYU researchers extend WiFi range by 200 feet with a software upgrade

View
Apple TV+ adaptation of 'Foundation' will star Jared Harris and Lee Pace

Apple TV+ adaptation of 'Foundation' will star Jared Harris and Lee Pace

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr