In China, app enables discounted mobile payments at vending machines

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If a vending machine that accepts mobile payments isn't the pinnacle of consumer convenience, it's hard to imagine what is. Sure enough, that dream is also now a reality in China, thanks to the new Ubox mobile app for Android, iPhone and Java-based phones. Users of Ubox begin by signing up for the service and adding funds to their Ubox account via a UnionPay bank card or Alipay, according to a report on Penn Olson. Then, when they come across a participating vending machine, they simply make their snack selection by phone. The transaction takes place through the app, which…

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