China Now Has 1 Billion Mobile Phone Users
With more than 43 million devices added to the country during the first quarter of the year, it’s not surprising that China has already reached 1 billion mobile phone users as of yesterday. This was reported by the MIIT or the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Majority of these phones are feature phones, however, the smartphone market in the country has also grown considerably, making it the biggest market in the world, even bigger than the U.S market. Mobile phone subscriptions in the country hit 900 million in January and now, barely four months later, the market has finally reached at least 1 billion.
The current population in China stands at 1.3 billion which, if there are already 1 billion mobile phone users in the country, translates to 76% of the total population being mobile phone users. According to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) there are already 1,030,052,000 mobile users in China.
Tech in Asia first confirmed China’s growing mobile phone market, when it stumbled upon reports published over at Sina Tech, a Chinese website. With the rise of the cell phone using population, land-line phone users have significantly decreased in number as a result. With only 283,758,000 landline phone subscribers as of date, this means that at least 1 million users have dropped their land line subscriptions in favor of mobile phones.
Late last year the United States gave way to China in terms of having the biggest smartphone market worldwide. China received 23.9 million units during the third quarter, which is slightly higher than the 23.3 million-shipment to the U.S. This smart phone market growth in China has been brought about largely by the wider availability and affordability of mobile phones in the country, says Strategy Analytics, a research firm.
Chinese companies have been offering affordable devices to the market, giving several Western brands a run for their money. Some of the firms in China offering widely accessible mobile phones and operating systems are Xiaomi and Baidu.[via]