More People Sending Out Texts Greetings During Chinese New Year
During the Chinese New Year people usually see two records happening, the most watched gala show on television and the busiest telecommunications network. These days people are sending more greetings from their mobile phones rather than going home and visiting families and friends.
China Mobile branch in Beijing the biggest telecom operator reported that in the capital city alone more than 831 million SMS messages were sent out on the eve of the Spring Festival, which showed a 4.27 percent increase from last year. China Unicom in Beijing also reported a volume of 8,000 SMS messages per second that night. While the media said that telecom operators are the biggest money maker on the eve of New Year, several insiders are saying that the day of text messaging might already have passed.
Based on a January report from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said that the Chinese people sent out around 897 billion text messages in 2012 which is only up by 2 percent based on a year on year study. While the number of mobile users went up by 11 percent or 1.1 billion. The country has 564 million netizens with 75 percent can access the internet using their cell phones. These mobile users stay online most of the time to send out tweets while watching the Spring Festival Gala Show operated by the China’s state television.
The country’s 200 million 3G users are using Weixin a popular Smartphone app that allows them to use voice messages and do more creative edited greetings which also became a popular trend for its convenience and low cost.
However not beats paying a visit in person, but still text messaging still ranks among the popular options in giving new year greetings.