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Metro switched on to phone payments

CHINA Mobile users in Shanghai can now use their phones to pay Metro fares.

The service, introduced yesterday, means users can pass through the turnstiles using mobile phones equipped with swipe technology, China Mobile said.

The technology also means people can pay bills in 1,000 stores in Shanghai, including Starbucks and McDonald's.

Consumers can access the service by replacing their SIM cards with those that feature radio frequency identification technology at China Mobile outlets in Shanghai.

To protect consumers, users will be limited to purchases of 1,000 yuan (US$146) a day with their phones. That will limit losses in case people lose their phones, the carrier said.

"It's a nice service as I need not take out my public transportation card each time," said Joyce Yang, a 21-year-old student.

"It's the latest sign that mobile phones have entered more and more into daily life," said Nie Jing, vice general manager of China Mobile's Shanghai branch.

Meanwhile, China Mobile is working with Shanghai World Expo officials to provide mobile payment services in the Expo site. People will be able to use their phones to pay for drinks and snacks, for example.


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