China had 1.286 billion mobile phone users last month

China had 1.286 billion mobile phone users last month
The number of mobile phone users in China at the end of last month was 1.286 billion, according to stats published by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). That means 94.5% of the country's population used a mobile phone at the end of last year, and swamped the number of landline users. Only 18.3% of the population in China used a landline last month. That works out to a total of 249.43 million people.

The total number of mobile phone users in China is growing at a rate of .4% each month, or 4.64% annually. 485.26 million, or 37.73%, were connected to a 3G signal as the year came to an end. 875.22 million Chinese, or 68.05% of the population, used their mobile device to surf the web last month. In December, mobile internet use resulted in the consumption of 240,958 TB (terabyte). Mobile phone users in China last month sent 65.15 billion texts, or an average of 1.64 texts per phone number each day.

China Mobile is the world's largest carrier and now has 90 million subscribers connected to 4G LTE service after adding a record 19 million 4G subscribers last month. China Unicom added 1.15 million 3G and 4G users in December, while China Telecom added 2 million such subscribers during the month.

As of last February, China Mobile served 776 million total subscribers, China Unicom had 285.7 million customers and China Telecom counted 185 million subscribers.

source: DigiTimes

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10 Comments

1. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

1kB = 2^10Bytes 1MB = 2^20 Bytes = 2^10 kB = 1024 kB 1GB = 2^30 Bytes = 2^10 MB = 1024 MB 1TB = 2^40 Bytes = 2^10 GB = 1024 GB etc (I don't have a point here)

2. saucexD

Posts: 62; Member since: Jan 20, 2015

Greenelektron meet green thumb

3. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Very well written articles

5. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

"Hail China"

4. dimas

Posts: 3291; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Just imagine if the whole Chinese facebook user population will terminate their accounts then create new profiles all at once.

7. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Facebook is banned in China alongside many other services. Communism at its finest.

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

That's little more than my country India's population.

8. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

that's an incorrect statement. it's 1.286 billion connected/active smartphones. many of them are owned by a common user.

9. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Does the number of texts include WeChat? That alone should be enough to count for a couple billion texts a year.

10. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1345; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

It's all behind a walled Garden (Great Firewall ). When the state controls everything and protects its on home grown manufactures while subjecting foreign competitors (Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Google, Sony, Qualcomm, HTC, Nokia etc..) to countless false investigations for monopolistic practices; forcing them not to enforce their patents and protect their intellectual properties in order for their home grown companies to flourish there's a problem. However, these Big companies such as Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Google, HTC, Qualcomm. Nokia etc.. should have seen this coming. When you rip out your manufacturing arm from your home country causing hundreds to lose their jobs because you can manufacture it cheaper in china and then have these enterprising nationals take you designs and R&D and produce their own (sometimes blatant knock off) products and sell them cheaper then you then you created your own monster. this is what Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Google, HTC, Nokia etc. have reaped.

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