China Prefers Mobile Phones to Traditional Land Lines

China, the world’s largest internet market by population is said to have 929.84 million mobile phone users.

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has revealed that the mobile subscriber base, which is on the verge of breaking into the billions, generated a whooping 559.46 billion yuan or $87.6 billion in revenue for mobile phone service providers in the country -up by 10 percent from last year.

According to the agency, the country’s mobile phone subscribers added 70.83 million new customers in the first 7 months of 2011, bringing the total number of mobile phone subscribers close to a billion.

The total number of users subscribing to third generation or 3G mobile phone service increased to 87.2 million at the end of July as people continue to rely on their mobile phones for accessing the internet.

However, the rise in mobile subscribers has resulted in a drop in fixed line telephone subscribers. MIIT said that operators lost 4.89 million subscribers in the January-July period as more and more people make mobile phones their primary communication device.

In other news, China has shut down more than 6,000 websites for undertaking illegal PR activities.