The mobile phone industry has been establishing itself as a serious Internet
access provider based on its unique mobility, increasingly powerful functions
and low cost.
But steep charges, low connection speed and a lack of useful information are
to the CNNIC's latest statistics, the number of people who access the Internet
via mobile phones at least once a week reached 17 million in 2006, accounting
for 12.4 percent of all Internet users in China.
About 70 percent of mobile phone Internet users regarded e-mail and
information browsing as their most used online services. But more than
four-fifths contended that high charges and low connection speed were major
The statistics showed that nearly 70 percent of Internet users in China do
not use mobile phones to get online simply because of the high cost and low
Despite the obstacles, Wang Enhai, director of the CNNIC's Information
Services Department, said mobile phones were becoming an important tool for
Internet users, noting that the coming third generation3G network in China would
see mobile phones become popular tools to access the Internet.
China was home to 462 million mobile phone users last year, much higher than
China's 137 million Internet users.
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