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Smartphones bring vending machine boom to Vietnam

Digital payments fill gap in country with few coins and fading banknotes

A woman in Ho Chi Minh City pays with a QR code generated by her smartphone. Vending machines used to be uncommon in Vietnam, where coins are in short supply.  (Photo by Atsushi Tomiyama)

HO CHI MINH CITY -- Once a rare sight in Vietnam due to the poor quality of its paper notes, vending machines are now sprouting up in this city thanks to the spread of smartphones that allows for easy digital payments.

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