June 23, 2014
Is the end near for text messages in mainland China?
The mobile phone text message may soon become a thing of past on the mainland, government figures suggest, reports South China Morning Post.
In the first five months of this year, mainland mobile users each sent an average of 39.8 texts per month, according to the latest statistics released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. That is a fall of 18.4 per cent compared with the same period last year.
Texts generated less than $3.5 billion yuan (22 billion Yuan) in revenue for mainland telecommunications companies in the first five months of the year, a 13 per cent fall compared with the same period last year. Mobile internet services brought in more than 100 billion yuan in revenue in the same period, a growth of nearly 50 per cent.
The first text sent using the short messaging service, or SMS, was received in 1992 on the mainland and towards the end of the decade the technology rapidly gained in popularity.
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