Globe Telecom has set up the Philippines’ first QR payments system via smartphone with the launch of “GoPay.”
“GoPay” feature in the GCash app allows customers to use their GCash account to pay for goods and services by simply scanning QR codes displayed by merchants and establishments.
The country’s leading mobile money service provider anticipates that the new feature will allow consumers hassle-free payments with the elimination of cash transactions, long lines, and inaccurate charges.
Merchants would also benefit from “GoPay” with the elimination of expensive machines for processing mobile money transactions.
“GoPay” only requires QR codes linked to the GCash wallet.
The new app feature will allow even ambulant vendors and sari-sari store owners to utilize the system.
"Our goal has always been to make finance more inclusive by building a cashless ecosystem. GoPay QR payments solution will close the loop and drive merchants accepting GCash payments. We plan to extend this service from all types of retailers nationwide down to our favorite fishball vendor," said John Rubio CEO and President of Mynt, a subsidiary of Globe Telecom dedicated to developing payments solutions using GCash, in a Globe Telecom release.
JM Aujero, Mynt Merchant Acquiring Head added: “With GoPay QR, consumers don't even need to bring cash when they go shopping or when they eat out. It is the best option for people who do not want to use credit cards but are either wary of having cash with them due to safety reasons or just want the convenience that mobile money offers.”
To use GoPay, a customer with an iPhone or an Android smartphone just needs to download or update to the latest version of the GCash App, register for an account, and fund his GCash wallet at any of over 12,000 GCash Partner Outlets nationwide. Once done, he has to open
the GCash App and swipe left on the page. The GCash App will bring up the phone’s camera, at which point he has to “scan” a partner store’s QR code and enter the amount to be paid. GoPay will be rolled out within the next few weeks at select partner stores. Its introduction is in line with the thrust of Ant Financial, parent company of Alipay and strategic partner of Mynt, to accelerate financial inclusion and upgrade payment services in the Philippines. Alipay popularized QR code payments in China.