1.1 billion Chinese use cellphones; Android owned 90.1% of the Chinese smartphone market during Q3

1.1 billion Chinese use cellphones; Android owned 90.1% of the Chinese smartphone market during Q3
Some interesting information was released by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. As of the end of October, the country had a whopping 1.095 billion mobile communication subscribers which was a .98% gain sequentially from September, and a 13.63% gain over last October. Of the total, only 212.42 million (19.39%) of them were 3G users. Amazingly, the number of cellphone users in the country equals 80.6% of the population in the country. In China, 280.34 million people have a landline which represents just 21% of the population. Meanwhile, In October there were 71.83 billion text messages sent, or 2.13 text messages per phone number a day.

Featurephone ownership in the country is declining. During the third quarter, 63.73 million handsets were sold in the country which was a decline of  4.1% from September and 7.5% from last October. On the other hand, 49.17 million smartphones were sold in the same three month period. That is up 28.7% from September and is a stunning 121% increase from last year.

According to Analysys International, Android flavored smartphones had a vice-like grip on the country with a 90.1% market share of smartphones sold during the third quarter. iOS had a 4.2% market share and Symbian powered phones had a 2.4% slice. The average Android device cost CNY 1,393 ($223.67 USD) while the average iOS device was priced at CNY 4,523 ($726.25 USD). The Symbian powered models were priced at CNY 1,114 ($178.87 USD) on average. Apple usually doesn't discount in emerging markets, explaining the large price discrepancies between iOS and the other two platforms.

source: Digitimes (1), (2)

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21 Comments

1. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

ANDROID FTW! I hope wp catches up too...

16. wolf_in_sheep

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 03, 2012

I remember Nokia said that sales of WP phone beat iphone in China. So, it was a lie... WP is not even mentioned here.... I think Microsoft / Nokia / WP is like a kid that yell "HELP, WOLF!!!" after a couple of time... no one really care about Microsoft / Nokia / WP anymore. WP / Microsoft / Nokia is DEAD

17. SleepingOz unregistered

Ballmer has been spitting a lot of BS lately.

21. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

:D is wat I say 2 Chinesers (LOL, that was so racist!!) No offense, I've always wanted 2 go 2 China :D

2. wendygarett unregistered

Google Android!!! :D

3. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

go symbian!!! see nokia, even symbian, not market and killed with irrelevant reason, is still love!!! so better recreate symbian!!! belle is the biggest improvement and belle fp1/fp2 just make it more awesome!!!! WP is nowhere to be found..but the biggest WP in china is lumia 610!

10. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Nokia should comeback with a new Operating System. WP sales is increasing because people still love Nokia and buy it. Nokia should have its own Operating System. I hate that idiot Stephan Flop;

19. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

like i said!! Re invent symbian!!! have you seen that leak nokia air? it might be the next generation symbian! or they merge it with meego!and that is very promising!

4. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

its no shock that android is the most popular due to its oben source...and china phones nowadays are powered by android! but hoping other linux will have a slice! like mozilla firefox OS which is i guess promising due to its all HTML5 nature! and so is open webOS... i love webOS!!! but i dont know if sailfish OS is really open source..but heck! i'll buy every device that ruun sailfish OS!!! LOL! so hoping that they'll go skyhigh as well!

5. Shubham412302

Posts: 586; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

india has 729 million

9. predator93

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

India actually had 960 million subscribers before unused subscriptions were removed :- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_number_of_mobile_phones_in_use

18. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Barely 3% Apple.

6. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Android 90%, iOS 4.2%.. Can you say OWNED?

7. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Or in numbers.. 44 million android phones vs 2 million iPhones! That is seriously low figure for Apple in a three month period on the largest phone market. And the pattern will just repeat all over the "third world" In other words, Android will soon boom into by far the most used OS ever and Apple can't do nothing about it.

8. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Lenovo, Huawei and ZTE is mostly used on that country

11. Aeires unregistered

The impact of foreign factories relocating there, the workers little by little are making slightly more money which raises their quality of life. Now more people can afford luxury items so smartphone sales are increasing. They also have some of their own companies making some great, affordable phones there.

12. mrochester unregistered

It's interesting to note that the average selling price of Android devices is far lower than the iPhone. I guess this goes to show that Android uptake is driven mostly by price than pretty much anything else. But then, I think we all knew this anyways as that's pretty much the same in every country/the world.

13. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

there are also highend phones that are same or more expensive than the iphone say the s3 or note 2...sure there are lots of cheap androids but not everyone gets android because its cheap...we need to remember you can get the iphone for cheap as well ie the 4 which is free on contract .

20. cttan456

Posts: 62; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

mrochester, if popularity is mostly driven by price like what you said then why is Symbian, being cheaper than Android, a distant 3rd? The fact that Android outnumber Symbian by 3750% despite being more expensive proves your assumption wrong. Android is No.1 mainly because its the most open, most customisable, most functional..its No.1 mainly because it does everything that iOS and Symbian can do PLUS it does many other things iOS and Symbian cannot do..its No.1 mainly because its the most advanced phone OS out there.

14. nofear

Posts: 151; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Chinese knowing iOS is a POS.

15. wolf_in_sheep

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 03, 2012

Microsoft / Nokia / WP is a joke. I remember Nokia said that sales of WP phone beat iphone in China. Big LOL I think Microsoft / Nokia / WP is like a kid that yell "HELP, WOLF!!!" after a couple of time... no one really care about Microsoft / Nokia / WP anymore. WP / Microsoft / Nokia is DEAD btw, a couple of days back ballmer says 40 million WIndows 8. i guess he lies too,

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