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All set for Huawei Pay launch in SA

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Huawei is rolling out its mobile payment service, Huawei Pay, in SA in partnership with QR code payment platform Zapper.
Huawei is rolling out its mobile payment service, Huawei Pay, in SA in partnership with QR code payment platform Zapper.

Chinese technology giant Huawei is rolling out its mobile payment service, Huawei Pay, in SA in partnership with QR code payment platform Zapper.

The company says Huawei Pay is its digital wallet that helps users buy everything from groceries at the local supermarket to guilty pleasures at their favourite department store.

Huawei adds that the mobile payment and digital wallet service also eliminates the need for bulky wallets.

“We are proud to launch Huawei Pay in South Africa in partnership with Zapper,” says Likun Zhao, VP at Huawei Consumer Business Group for Southern Africa.

“With Huawei Pay, you add your bank cards to the app and then pay in stores simply by scanning the Zapper QR payment code on the bill when you check out. All local debit and credit cards from all local banks are supported. It’s a simple and convenient payment solution that we know will make the lives of South African consumers easier.”

Brett White, CEO of Zapper, adds: “Huawei is a favourite among a large portion of smartphone owners in South Africa and equipping them with access to Zapper’s scan-to-pay platform will empower them to make fast, safe payments across the country.

“We are in the business of facilitating transactions and by putting the Zapper solution in the hands of millions of South African consumers, many more merchants can now also confidently offer cashless transactions. It is clear this partnership is a win for the local mobile payments market and we look forward to continued innovation together.”

Rivals Samsung and Apple have already launched their mobile payment services in SA, with the former officially making Samsung Pay available in the country in August 2018.

Huawei Pay is also secure, states the company, noting that every transaction has to be authenticated by a passcode or fingerprint and Huawei Pay receives the same fraud protection as seen on bank cards.

In addition, Huawei Pay doesn’t use a user’s bank card number to handle transactions; it’s not stored on the device or on Huawei Pay servers, and is not shared with merchants.

“Your information is also kept private, as Huawei does not keep the transaction details.”

Huawei Pay will officially be available in SA on 3 December.

To start the Huawei Pay journey, users simply need to download Huawei Wallet from Huawei App Gallery.

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