Innovative concept allows expats and international visitors to use familiar ecommerce website and international payment devices to quickly and securely buy China Unicom products and services anytime and anywhere via the Web
BEIJING, China and PORTLAND, Oregon — June 10, 2014 — China United Network Communications Group Co., Ltd. (China Unicom) Beijing Branch has signed an exclusive agreement with UniMobile, Vesta’s China subsidiary, to launch an English language ecommerce website that sells China Unicom products and services suitable to international visitors and expats. Under this collaboration, Beijing-based UniMobile will design, develop, host and maintain China Unicom Beijing Branch’s new English Online Store (EOS) and Vesta will manage international credit card payments for EOS purchases made with major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club and JCB.
As the only GSM/WCDMA/LTE operator in China, China Unicom is well positioned to serve international visitors and expats who wish to use their own GSM/WCDMA handsets and tablets while in China. In addition to providing mobile services for these devices, the English Online Store offers customers the option to purchase new handsets, local SIM cards and recharges for prepaid phones.
“Vesta and UniMobile are excited to deliver the English language ecommerce website and international payment services to China Unicom customers — whether they are business visitors, leisure visitors or foreign expats,” said XJ Wang, Vesta’s vice president and general manager, China. “With the new English Online Store, China Unicom Beijing Branch is in a unique position to deliver mobile services to the untapped international visitors market.”
China Unicom products initially offered through the EOS include:
- Local SIM cards, mobile phones and prepaid plans
- Prepaid phone refills
- Mobile broadband hardware and service plans
The English Online Store can be accessed directly at www.mychinaunicom.com.
About China Unicom Beijing Branch
China Unicom Beijing Branch is one of the provincial operators of China Unicom, which is China’s only GSM/WCDMA/LTE operator. As of March 2014, China Unicom has more than 289 million mobile subscribers, which include 132 million 3G subscribers. China Unicom also has 66 million broadband users and 87 million fixed-line phone users.
About UniMobile and Vesta Corporation
Beijing UniMobile is a subsidiary of Vesta Corporation, a leading provider of innovative payment services for mobile operators around the world. Vesta has processed hundreds of millions of electronic payments for a wide range of telecommunications products and services through operations centers in Asia, the Americas, and Europe. Vesta’s state-of-the-art payment channels, best-in-class fraud management, PCI-compliant data security, and robust customer intelligence have proven to increase revenue and reduce costs for operators including AT&T, China Unicom, China Telecom, Cricket Wireless, Meteor, Movistar, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, Telcel, Tele2, Telefónica O2, Verizon, and Vodafone.
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