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Digital Wallet Scheme Expands to Include Smartphones


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4 hours ago, webfact said:

Julapun further confirmed that the digital wallet project is proceeding on schedule. Barring further changes, both beneficiaries and participating shops can begin the registration process in July. The 10,000-baht payments are expected to be disbursed in the fourth quarter of the year.

Long overdue....

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What happens to the people who cannot afford a smart(?) phone - only a dumb phone with an occasional 'pay as you go' SIM - can they still get a digital wallet ?

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59 minutes ago, JoePai said:

What happens to the people who cannot afford a smart(?) phone - only a dumb phone with an occasional 'pay as you go' SIM - can they still get a digital wallet ?

There will be some influential person who will help them - maybe sharing 50/50. 

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How about they cancel that whole thing, buy about 50 million smart phones, and distribute them to the poor.

I guess it should be possible to buy them in bulk for not more than 1000B per phone.

 

Or would this upset all those middlemen who are the real beneficiaries of this scam? 

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1 hour ago, JoePai said:

What happens to the people who cannot afford a smart(?) phone - only a dumb phone with an occasional 'pay as you go' SIM - can they still get a digital wallet ?

Probably. In a previous initiative those without a phone, smart or otherwise, got a card to show the vendor.

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26 minutes ago, Ben Zioner said:

Our income tax is going to pay smart phones for no hopers.

 

Sucks.

 

Surely a bit better than alcohol.

Before you say anything about it being excluded, alcohol was readily available at inflated prices in the previous initiatives so little doubt it will be this time round.

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2 minutes ago, sandyf said:

Surely a bit better than alcohol.

Before you say anything about it being excluded, alcohol was readily available at inflated prices in the previous initiatives so little doubt it will be this time round.

You don't get it. This ridiculous hand out  wouldn't worry me if it was entirely financed though a half point of VAT. Let's say it would be just half idiotic.

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47 minutes ago, Ben Zioner said:

You don't get it. This ridiculous hand out  wouldn't worry me if it was entirely financed though a half point of VAT. Let's say it would be just half idiotic.

Don't try and change the context, your comment was about including smartphones.

If you have a problem with the policy in general, say so.

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