Octopus Card

Hong Kong could eliminate cab complaints with Octopus

Photo: May Tse

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 for a city's reputation. An encounter with them also leaves a bad taste in the mouth.

Friday, 24 May, 2013, 5:21am 2 comments

Stay vigilant about your personal data

The Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data Allan Chiang Yam-wang. Photo: May Tse

Medical entrepreneurship can bring diversity and competition to the health care market. But if it is abused it can undermine public trust. An example is a medical centre that has been condemned by the privacy watchdog for collecting personal data from more than 360,000 people and selling it to an insurance broker for direct marketing purposes.

13 Apr 2013 - 3:21am

Octopus to widen reach with phones

Octopus faces intense competition from banks and telecoms operators seeking to grow their electronic payment platforms. Photo: Sam Tsang

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 to a mobile-phone service) that will allow a phone to act as an Octopus card.

6 Mar 2013 - 5:05am

Handyman on murder, fraud charges

A handyman killed a 74-year-old man before impersonating him to withdraw HK$600,000 from banks, the Court of First Instance was told yesterday.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Concessions no balm for fare rise, MTR told

A HK$670 million package of concessions will do little to ease the burden of MTR fare rises on travellers, critics say.

26 May 2012 - 12:00am

New fares for some

Parent groups are angry that their disabled children younger than 12 will not benefit from a new scheme providing HK$2 concession rides on trains, buses and ferries.

Starting next month, everyone over 65, and severely disabled people aged 12 to 64 who receive a disability allowance, will be eligible for the low fare on transport any day of the week using Octopus cards.

15 May 2012 - 12:00am

Million to benefit from flat HK$2 fare

More than a million people will be able to ride the MTR anywhere for HK$2 from late next month if the government's HK$400 million flat-fare transport scheme for the elderly and handicapped wins funding approval from the Legislative Council.

5 May 2012 - 12:00am


Rent vacant schools to competitors

In Hong Kong there are around 175 vacant school premises that were closed due to an insufficient number of students.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

Why the MTR is not taking the people for a ride

When the MTR increases fares, it has a major effect on the population of Hong Kong. In many cases, salary rises have not matched the increases in the rate of inflation, and so the fare hike rubs salt in the wounds ...

I understand the MTR faces higher operating costs and wants to maintain profits, but it should not pass those costs onto passengers.

10 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

iPhone's new tentacles

The Octopus card is set to end up attached to iPhones thanks to the company that makes the smart cards it has already combined with watches and key chains.

The new sticker, which has been designed for the iPhone 4 and 4S models, blends communication, travel and shopping into one convenient package.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Octopus hopes HK$3 tip will win over cabbies

Octopus has started giving Hong Kong cabbies a HK$3 'tip' every time a passenger pays a fare using the smart card, to encourage more business, but drivers' unions say it is not a big enough incentive.

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


Octopus donation needs improvement

I am writing in response to the letter 'Fine-tune donating by Octopus'(SCMP, December 22). I agree that the Hong Kong Council of Social Service and Octopus Cards should improve the new donation method recently introduced for flag days.

30 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


Tutorial centres' false promises

In about three months, the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority will launch the maiden English exam of the new syllabus.

8 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Is giving to charity by Octopus an idea that's got legs?

The tentacles of the Octopus card reached into the world of charity for the first time yesterday as flag sellers were allowed to accept the card instead of cash donations.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Trio jailed for role in atm gift cards scam

Three Romanians were sentenced to three years in jail yesterday for withdrawing more than HK$1.5 million from Hong Kong banks by fooling their automated cash machines with doctored British gift cards.

22 Nov 2011 - 12:00am