February 18, 2005

China rings in New Year with 11 billion messages

Chinese mobile phone users sent a record 11 billion text messages during the week-long Spring Festival holiday, ringing in the Lunar New Year in style, Xinhua news agency said on Friday, reports Reuters.

"The holiday is the most important family reunion of the year, and the SMS calls brought in more than 1.1 billion yuan ($133 million), also a record, it said.

"In addition to text messages, people sent pictures and songs via their mobile phones as festival greetings," Xinhua said.

By the end of 2004, Chinese mobile phone users had surpassed 330 million. They sent a total of 217.7 billion messages last year."

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