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iTunes App Store now accepts RMB payment in China

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Until now, China was among several regions that could not use its local currency for making purchases from the iTunes App Store. This created a huge barrier for anyone who wanted to purchase apps since one of the only legitimate ways to purchase apps would be to use a credit card from another region (like the US or UK), an option very few had.

This all changes with Apple's new policy to accept RMB payment in China. Users can now purchase apps and make prepaid payments (up to 500 RMB) using local bank cards.

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Stop annoying SMS spam

If your mobile carrier bombards you with advertising SMSes from various numbers, try this (on iPhone):

1. Create a new contact called “Spam”
2. Set its “text tone” to None
3. Any time you receive an SMS spam, choose Add Contact → Add to existing contact → Spam

Now, anytime you receive a spam, it will be clearly marked, and won’t sound an SMS alert.

China Mobile phone tips: check your pre-paid balance and data usage via SMS

If like me you're one of the China Mobile's 628 million subscribers, the following tips may come in handy:

Check your pre-paid balance

Time to top up!

If you use a pre-paid SIM, you can check your balance at any time by sending an SMS with the text "ye" to the number 10086. In a moment you should receive an SMS reply with your pre-paid balance.

Check your data usage

Yes, my data limit is ridiculously low. You may mock me.

If you have a data plan, you can send an SMS with the text "1091" to 10086, and you'll receive a reply stating how much data you've used and how much is remaining.