Or you could just say the biggest mobile operator in the world increased its net profits 30% this year which is pretty satisfactory news.
China Mobile was assigned the license for homegrown 3G standard TD-SCDMA, a largely untested technology which is still not popular with users nor yet with makers. But it has one massive advantage which in that it does not have to pay a serious royalty to any maker or American telco. So if TD-SCDMA becomes popular and if TD-SDMA handsets become sexy and must-have items, China Mobile will make much more money.
SMS and MMS usage: China Mobile customers sent 607.1 billion SMSs last year, an increase of 20%. The number of MMS sent jumped 130 percent compared to last year, rising to 33.1 billion messages. If there are, say 470 million subscribers they are sending 1,246 messages a year each which makes them very busy.
China Mobile’s music club added 18.23 million users in 2008, giving it a total of 85.11 million members. It has one million songs in its store. In 2008, subscribers dowloaded 76 million full music tracks.
Mobile newspaper: Paying subscribers to its mobile newspaper service climbed to 41.49 million, a rise of around 30% compared to last year. Its service has 110 newspapers on offer with customers subscribing to multiple mobile papers. The importance of this news to the newspaper business cannot be over-estimated.
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