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Payment by phone sees big growth overseas

By He Wei in Shanghai | China Daily | Updated: 2019-02-12 07:23

Swiping phones for payment is shaping up to be the new norm for Chinese people shopping overseas, as the adoption of mobile payment becomes more evenly distributed by age and geographical location.

Customers in their 50s saw a 1.3-fold increase in Alipay usage as they traveled overseas during the Spring Festival holiday that concluded on Sunday, according to the country's largest mobile wallet operator.

The age group has recorded the highest growth rate among all demographics tracked by Alipay, as more older people embrace digital payment at home and extend such habits overseas.

Payment by phone sees big growth overseas

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