China’s cell phone user grew by 41.39 million in the first four months of 2011 to 900.39 million in total, covering nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). China is on track to over 1 billion mobile phone users in early 2012.
The number of telephone subscribers exceeded 1.19 billion by the end of April, with the number of fixed-line subscribers dropping by 2.93 million to 291.45 million, according to statistics released Tuesday by the MIIT on its website.
By the end of April, third generation (3G) mobile telecommunication users in China reached 67.57 million, 20.52 million more than that of the end of 2010.
The number of broadband Internet users increased by 9.58 million in the Jan.-April period to 135.92 million.
China Unicom is gearing up to sell a new wave of smartphones for 1000 yuan (US$154), a price that the carrier believes will accelerate the growth of the mobile Internet in China among users of unsubsidized pay-as-you-go phones.
Buyers will get a 3G phone with Wi-Fi capability, a 3.5-inch touchscreen, a processor running at 600MHz or faster, and a high-speed Web browser. Many of the phones will run Android