China Mobile Beijing branch and the Beijing-based hypermarket retailer Wumart Stores have signed a strategic cooperation agreement on payment by mobile phone.
Under the agreement, China Mobile Beijing users who have mobile phones with RFIDSIM cards will be able to pay their bills with their mobile phone in over 300 Wumart retail sites in Beijing. They will also be able to recharge their mobile phone payment accounts at the checkouts of these stores.
In addition to Wumart, China Mobile has also established mobile phone payment partnerships with about 600 retailers and tourism resorts in Beijing.
China Mobile Beijing's mobile phone users who want to upgrade their SIM cards into the new RFIDSIM cards can open a mobile phone payment account at the company's designated business halls. However, this new service is not available for all users and those who use the Easyown brand and whose numbers begin with 157 and 188 cannot use the service for now.
Prior to this, China Mobile had launched a mobile phone payment service in Shanghai, enabling people to buy World Expo tickets and metro tickets with mobile phones.