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Chinese Telecom Services Consumer Growth

Pacific Epoch reports that China had over 798 million phone users at the end July 2006, Beijing Morning Post reports quoting statistics by the Ministry of Information Industry (MII).

There were 366.5 million fixed-line phone users in China and 431.7 million mobile users at the end of the first half of 2006. China added 38.39 million mobile phone users in the first half of 2006. Mobile users sent 238.5 billion SMS during the first half of 2006, up 44.9 percent year-on-year. China's mobile phone penetration rate has reached 33 percent.

In other news, China Mobile held a meeting with 20 service providers (SPs) as well as handset maker Nokia to set a blueprint for 3G services, reports The Beijing News. According to the report, Nokia will pre-install China Mobile's mobile instant messaging client Femoo and Google's mobile search services on some customized Nokia handsets.

According to recent rumors, China Mobile has also partnered with Google for mobile search services. China Mobile's focus for 3G will include mobile TV, mobile music and its bar code e-commerce service QRcode. China Mobile subsidiary company ASPire Technologies is handling the QRcode service.

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