'Lucky' Chinese phone number fetches $300,000 at online auction

Beijing (AFP) - A "lucky" mobile phone number has sold for a whopping 2.25 million yuan ($300,000) after hundreds of people vied online for the right to use the apparently auspicious string of digits.The number ends in five eights, a sought-after combination in China as the word "eight" in Mandarin sounds similar to the word for "prosperity".The number was among assets seized and ordered auctioned by a court in Beijing, and an online sale attracted more than five thousand bids between Saturday and Sunday.Phone users in China -- especially companies seeking to impress clients and business partn...


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