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  1. News - Hong Kong - RETAIL

    Donation not clients' cash, says Octopus

    Posted May 18th 2013, 12:00am by Olga Wong

    ... Olga Wong olga.wong@scmp.com Donation not clients' cash, says Octopus Octopus Cards said yesterday that the company had not donated money from incomplete customer transactions ... donate the same amount to charity. He said that removing an Octopus card too quickly from a reader could lead to an incomplete transaction. "The money will still be debited from their [the ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong could eliminate cab complaints with Octopus

    Posted May 24th 2013, 12:00am

    ... discounting that encourages drivers to speed to earn more money. Octopus and credit cards would protect both drivers and passengers. Ironically, many drivers are reluctant to adopt them because ... SCMP Editorial Halt cab gripes with Octopus Cheating cabbies are a hazard of big cities, preying on tourists and people without local knowledge. They may be a minority but they do nothing ...

  3. Business - Companies - TECHNOLOGY

    Octopus to widen reach with phones

    Posted Mar 06th 2013, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... Anita Lam anita.lam@scmp.com The company hopes to soon launch SIM cards to let smartphones be used as payment device Octopus to widen reach with phones This year, in addition to the many roles your smartphone can play, you may be able to add credit card and Octopus card. Octopus Cards said it hoped to launch within the next few months a SIM card (which identifies a subscriber ...

  4. News - Hong Kong

    Hospital stay for Octopus card thief

    Posted Jun 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Thomas Chan

    ... Thomas Chan thomas.chan@scmp.com Former technician who stole HK$400,000 is diagnosed with mental illness Hospital stay for Octopus card thief A former Octopus card technician with what a judge called a "horrible disease" was given a nine-month hospital order instead of jail yesterday for using a home-made machine to add more than HK$400,000 in value to Octopus cards ...

  5. News - Hong Kong

    Octopus scammer pleads guilty to adding HK$434,350 to cards

    Posted Jun 03rd 2013, 03:19pm by Johnny Tam

    ... Johnny Tam johnny.tam@scmp.com A former Octopus card technician who added HK$434,350 of value to Octopus cards using a home-made machine built from stolen parts pleaded guilty to theft ... and fraudulently added HK$434,350 to 61 Octopus cards between October 2011 and March 2012. The cards then were used to buy goods, mainly milk powder, which was then resold online. Police began ...

  6. Lifestyle - Technology - DIGITAL LIFESTYLE

    Digital Lifestyle: is the Octopus card on its last legs?

    Posted Feb 15th 2013, 12:00am by Jamie Carter

    ... Jamie Carter lifestyle@scmp.com The changing of the card The Octopus card may have created the cashless commute in Hong Kong, but since its inception in 1997 its tentacles have spread around the world. From London's Oyster to Tokyo's Suica, Singapore's EZ-Link and Brisbane's Go card, the smart card capable of acting as both ticket and cash is becoming ...

  7. Business - Companies - SMART CARDS

    Octopus takes mobile step to winning more customers

    Posted Sep 09th 2013, 12:00am by KANIS LI

    ... the chief executive of Octopus Group, sometimes leaves his Octopus card at home, using his mobile phone to make payments instead. Octopus Cards, which runs the city's earliest and dominant contactless smart card system, says competition from banks in payment technology is intense but it fights to maintain its pioneering advantage by providing a variety of ways to pay, such as Octopus ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - BUSINESS

    Lawmaker calls for more Octopus kiosks as refunds go unpaid

    Posted Dec 19th 2013, 05:12am by Ada Lee

    ... double payment, can happen if a user removes their Octopus card too quickly from a reader. The company said in May that it had collected HK$7.7 million from incomplete transactions from 2009 ... Ada Lee ada.lee@scmp.com Most Octopus refunds unpaid More Octopus refund kiosks should be set up in convenient locations for users who have accidentally paid twice, a lawmaker has urged, ...

  9. News - Hong Kong

    MTR to drop 10c Octopus levy for screen doors

    Posted Jun 20th 2013, 12:00am by Phila Siu, Ada Lee

    ... Phila Siu and Ada Lee MTR to drop 10c Octopus screen levy The MTR next year will stop charging Octopus card users the extra 10 cents per trip to pay for platform screen doors. Transport ... of the KCRC until 2007. Lawmaker Paul Tse Wai-chun asked why only Octopus card users paid the levy. "This is discrimination against Octopus card users," he said. NeoDemocrats lawmaker Gary ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - TRANSPORT

    Smart cards to replace single-trip tickets on MTR

    Posted Aug 29th 2013, 12:00am by Ada Lee

    ... tickets with ones similar to the Octopus card. Chief of operations engineering David Leung Chuen-choi said the replacement would cost HK$200 million. Single-journey ticket users will have to place ... was introduced in 1981, with a discounted ticket for children and students, and stored-value tickets of HK$25. The Octopus card came into use in 1997, but the MTR continued to issue commemorative ...




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