More and more people in Korea are leaving their wallets at home and store credit cards, name cards and even ID cards in their phone.
In less than a year, plastic ID cards may be a thing of the past. The National Police Agency has allowed some use of mobile driver’s licenses since June last year, and the Ministry of Interior and Safety hopes to come up with a mobile resident registration card by the first half of 2022.
There has also been an increase in the use of mobile name cards. Already discount vouchers for malls and restaurants have mostly been replaced by e-coupons, while company ID cards and membership cards are being substituted by face-recognition programs.
But Koreans are reluctant to let go of leather status symbols just yet, so instead of wallets they are buying leather smartphone cases.
One 26-year-old resident of Seoul said, “My girlfriend bought me a wallet when I was discharged from military service, but I recently replaced it with a new smartphone case as all my credit cards are stored in my phone.”
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