From FXStreet.Com China's cell phone users sent 176b SMS in first 10 months of this yr.
BEIJING (AFX) - China's cellular phone users sent 176 bln short text messages in the first 10 months of this year, according to figures released by the Ministry of Information Industry
By the end of the year the number of text messages will exceed 220 bln, an increase of about 50 bln year-on-year, the official Xinhua news agency quoted the ministry as saying
Calculated at a rate of 0.1 yuan per text message, the business generated a total of 17.6 bln yuan by the end of October, a ministry official said
"Mobile phone short messages have been the pillar for value-added transactions in the mobile industry," said the official, who declined to be named.
"And various new businesses and applications are emerging in succession."
Platforms like WAP (Wireless Application Protocol), JAVA and BREW (binary runtime environment for wireless) enable Internet-connected phone users to customize their cell phones by downloading applications, email, music and mobile games
China had 315.1 mln cell phone users as of end-August