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Cash, credit card, and . . . smartphones accepted

Paying by smartphone is an emerging trend

Is your wallet the next relic of the digital age? Why pay with cash or plastic when you can use a smartphone?

That is what Ainsley Onstott did on a recent afternoon in Cambridge’s Kendall Square. She simply showed her iPhone to pay for a sandwich at Sebastians Cafe. “They scan it, and I get my receipt e-mailed to me,’’ said Onstott, 26, a special events manager at the American Heart Association.

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