Chinese Expected to Send 17 Bln Text Messages During Spring Festival

With nearly half of the Chinese population owning mobile phones, sending text messages has become a popular ways for people in China to exchange greetings during the Lunar New Year festival. It’s estimated that about 2 billion text messages will be sent daily in the country during the festival. From Xinhua News Agency:

Chinese mobile phone operators will benefit from the country’s tradition of exchanging greetings during Lunar New Year as more than 17 billion text messages are expected to be sent during the holiday season, a possible new record, according to the Ministry of Information Industry (MII)…

The ministry attributed the drastic rise to rapid expansion of mobile phone users which totaled 547 million by the end of 2007, about 41.6 percent of the total population.

MII statistics showed the Chinese cell phone users have sent 592.1 billion text messages last year, with a daily volume of more than 1.6 billion.

Read also a related story on how some people in China make a living by writing formalized text messages:
Text Message Writers Earn Remarkable Profits

February 9, 2008 11:29 PM
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