China Mobile, China’s largest telecom operator by subscriber base, disclosed recently that its direct billing will be available for purchases on Apple’s App Store in near future. It is reported that China Mobile will take 15% of the total sales generated through this payment option. (report in Chinese)

Currently App Store supports credit card and prepayments through online banking, both of which are not widely used by Chinese for micropayments online.

Alipay, one of the most widely adopted online payment services in China, isn’t available for Apple services. It’s not that it’s difficult to introduce Alipay or other local online payment services — Shortly after Uber entered China market, Alipay was added as a payment option for the taxi service.

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Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com