“Apple and Alipay, a popular Chinese mobile-payments network owned by Jack Ma’s Ant Financial Services Group, this week informed customers that they could borrow money at no cost to buy products on Apple’s online store and pay for the devices in monthly installments over 24 months,” Xie reports. “The minimum purchase to qualify for the interest-free financing is 4,000 yuan ($595). On Apple’s China website, the cost of an iPhone 8 starts at 5,099 yuan ($758) while the iPhone XR, a new handset released last fall that the company hoped would sell well in China, has a starting price of 6,499 yuan ($967).”
“The new financing offer from Ant’s Huabei service, which provides lines of credit to tens of millions of individuals who use the Alipay platform, will sharply lower the monthly sums that people have to pay for new iPhones,” Xie reports. “Huabei, which means ‘just spend’ in Chinese, on Wednesday told customers that it could temporarily increase their credit limits to enable them to purchase Apple products.”
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