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Beijing transit opens smartphone payments to all except Apple
Published on: 2017-08-21
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050Commuters in a rush on Beijing’s public transport can now use their smartphones to pay for trains and buses - great news for most, unless you’re an iPhone user.

Yikatong, the company behind Beijing’s public transport payment, launched an app on Monday accessible to Android smartphone users.

Local reports suggest 160 models, including Samsung and Huawei which dominate the country, will work with the payment system.
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Beijing has sidelined the iPhone because of the walled status in which Apple operates reserving contactless payments methods only through Apple Pay.

Other apps such as WeChat and Ali Pay hold sway in China thanks to the dominance of Alibaba and Tencent. The American tech giant holds less than one per cent of the mobile payments market in China – 50 per cent belongs to Alipay.

Both Chinese pay systems are miles ahead of what’s on offer in the Europe and America as they integrate social media and payment in one app.

052Almost everyone in urban China uses smartphone QR codes to pay for everyday purchases as cash dwindles.

Restaurant goers in China are used to being asked whether they’d like to use WeChat or AliPay before bringing up a third option of cash.

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