Date
28 May 2017
Sunny Cheung says the Octopus card replacement program is free and voluntary. Photo: DBC
Sunny Cheung says the Octopus card replacement program is free and voluntary. Photo: DBC

Free replacement for first-generation Octopus cards

First-generation Octopus cards are being replaced with new ones that allow users to make online payment.

The service is available via an Octopus app where applicable, according to Octopus Holdings Ltd.

Chief executive Sunny Cheung said the replacement program, which began on Aug. 5, is free and voluntary.

First-generation Octopus cards come with numbers that have no brackets on the last digit.

The new cards will enable users to make transaction inquiries, besides allowing them to make online payment. 

About two million Octopus cards are in circulation.

Card holders can replace their cards at any Octopus service outlet. The process takes one minute.

However, only certain information can be transferred to the new cards such as the remaining value, automatic added value and reward points.

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