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China: 12B SMS Messages in One Week

I'm guessing that this constitutes a new world record -- Chinese mobile handset users sent and received 12 billion short messages during the Chinese New Year holiday, which lasted from January 28 to February 4, reports Oriental Morning Post.

Eleven billion SMS were sent during the 2005 Chinese New Year. Sina is reporting that China Unicom accounted for 3.1 billion SMS during the holiday, up 20 percent from 2005.

The Oriental Morning Post report said that Shanghai handset users sent and received over 400 million SMS on New Year's Eve, with China Mobile subsidiary Shanghai Mobile accounting for 290 million SMS.

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