360° Coverage : Beijing residents sent 831 mn SMS for New Year

11 Updates
Beijing residents sent 831 mn SMS for New Year
Photo Credit: ED JONES, Getty Images

Beijing residents sent 831 mn SMS for New Year

Feb 11 2013, 5:32am CST | by

Beijing, Feb 11 (IANS) Rather than visiting families and friends and passing on good wishes in person on the first day of the lunar New Year, the Chinese have grown used to sending greetings from their mobile phones.

Beijing, Feb 11 — Rather than visiting families and friends and passing on good wishes in person on the first day of the lunar New Year, the Chinese have grown used to sending greetings from their...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

Beijing residents sent 831 mn SMS for New Year

Feb 11 2013, 5:32am CST | by

Beijing, Feb 11 (IANS) Rather than visiting families and friends and passing on good wishes in person on the first day of the lunar New Year, the Chinese have grown used to sending greetings from their mobile phones.

Beijing, Feb 11 — Rather than visiting families and friends and passing on good wishes in person on the first day of the lunar New Year, the Chinese have grown used to sending greetings from their mobile phones.

The Beijing branch of China Mobile, the country's biggest telecom operator, said that in the capital city alone, a total of 831 million text messages were sent on the eve of this year's Spring Festival, up 4.27 percent from a year ago. China Unicom Beijing also recorded a peak volume of 8,000 text messages per second around 7:45 p.m. that night, according to Sunday's edition of the Beijing Evening News.

However, while media once dubbed telecom operators the biggest money-maker on New Year's eve, industry insiders say the heyday for the short message service (SMS) may have passed.

A January report from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said the Chinese sent 897 billion SMS messages in 2012, up only 2.1 percent year on year, whereas the number of mobile users gained about 11 percent to 1.1 billion.

At the same time, the country now has 564 million netizens, about 75 percent of whom can access the Internet from their cell phones, according to the MIIT report.

For many netizens and mobile users, staying online tweeting about the Spring Festival Gala Show run by China's state television is a "ritual" as important as watching the program itself.

"I brought my computer to the living room," netizen "robin_taoran" said on Sina Weibo, a Chinese Twitter-like service, on lunar New Year's eve. "Watching the show on TV while tweeting on Weibo is a must, just like Chinese steamed bread goes with pickles."

According to Dong Wenjun, Sina Weibo's director of operations, Weibo users sent a total of 28,977 posts in the first second of Feb 10, the day of the Chinese New Year.

"Saying happy new year on Weibo has become a good custom," Dong was quoted as saying by China National Radio.

For the country's 233 million 3G users, Weixin, a popular smartphone application that allows voice messages and more creatively edited greetings, also became a trend this year for its convenience and low cost.

A survey run by Sootoo.com, a website monitoring the Chinese Internet industry, showed that about one fourth of 7,854 respondents said before the Spring Festival that they would use Weixin to send greetings this year.

However, paying a visit in person and SMS still ranked as the most popular options for New Year greetings, with both choices selected by 73 percent of respondents.

Although people have more ways to express their feelings thanks to development of technology, face-to-face communication is irreplaceable, said Zhong Xin, a professor of communications at Renmin University.

While some Chinese netizens are drafting "strategy guides" to cope with questions from difficult relatives, others are starting an online campaign pledging to leave cell phones behind during family reunion dinners.

"It is perhaps necessary for young people to cherish family ties, for they will have fewer and fewer relatives as time passes. Loneliness is harder to deal with than the bustle," Zhong said.

More young Chinese are nowadays working and settling down in cities far from home. Beijing had 7.7 million migrant residents as of the end of 2012, and many of them are the only children in their families.

IANS

Source: IANS

 
Update
11

1 day ago

Apple to open 25 new Chinese stores in two years, says Cook

Oct 23 2014 8:40am CDT | Source: MacNN

As part of his trip to China, Apple CEO Tim Cook has told local media that the company is planning to open 25 stores in Greater China during the next two years. "Greater" China includes not just mainland China but Hong Kong and Taiwan. So far there are no Apple Stores in Taiwan, but there are three in Hong Kong and a dozen on the mainland, most of those being split between Bei ...
Source: MacNN   Full article at: MacNN
 

 
Update
10

1 day ago

Apple to open 25 new retail stores in China within next 2 years, says CEO Tim Cook

Oct 23 2014 5:36am CDT | Source: App Advice

Apple is planning to open 25 additional retail stores in China within the next couple of years.Thats according to Apple CEO Tim Cook himself, who talked about the companys Chinese retail expansion in an interview posted by Sina (via Reuters).There are currently 12 Apple retail stores in China, according to Apples official retail store list. These include four outlets in Shanghai, another four in Beijing, one in Chengdu, one in Shenz ...
Source: App Advice  Full article at: App Advice
 

 
Update
9

2 days ago

Apple CEO meets with Chinese official to discuss iCloud hijacks

Oct 22 2014 9:07am CDT | Source: MacNN

Apple CEO Tim Cook met with China's Vice Premier Ma Kai in Beijing on Wednesday to discuss man-in-the-middle attacks against iCloud users, according to Reuters and China's state-run Xinhua news agency. Reuters notes that the Chinese government has so far denied allegations of involvement, which in particular tied the attacks to the state firewall used to censor Internet access in the country. As for the meeting, Xinhua says only that th ...
Source: MacNN   Full article at: MacNN
 

 
Update
8

2 days ago

Hacks targeting Chinese iCloud users prompt Apple CEO Tim Cook to meet China's vice premier

Oct 22 2014 8:13am CDT | Source: Apple Insider

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has reportedly traveled to Beijing to meet with the vice premier of China to discuss protecting user data, a meeting prompted by recent hacks targeting iCloud users in the count ...
Source: Apple Insider  Full article at: Apple Insider
 

 
Update
7

2 days ago

Tim Cook meets with Chinese vice premier in Beijing following iCloud phishing attack

Oct 22 2014 6:54am CDT | Source: 9to5Mac

Two days after evidence emerged of a phishing attack on iCloud, allegedly due to the Chinese government firewall redirecting traffic to a fake login page, the Chinese state news agency Xinhuanet is reporting a meeting in Beijing between Tim Cook and Chinese vice premier Ma Kai. Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai and Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook on Wednesday exchanged views on protection of users’ information during their meeting in Zhongnanhai, the central authority’s seat. They als ...
Source: 9to5Mac   Full article at: 9to5Mac
 

 
Update
6

2 weeks ago

China’s big 3 carriers: 1 million iPhone 6/Plus pre-orders in 6 hours

Oct 10 2014 12:28pm CDT | Source: Mac Daily News

google_ad_client = "ca-pub-9654279268749293"; /* Article Body, 336x280, Above the fold */ google_ad_slot = "0670981169"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; //--> “Within six hours, according to Tencent news, one million orders had been taken by the three largest carriers, China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune. “Before the of ...
Source: Mac Daily News   Full article at: Mac Daily News
 

 
Update
4

4 weeks ago

China regulator says iPhone 6/Plus in final review stages

Sep 23 2014 7:32am CDT | Source: Mac Daily News

google_ad_client = "ca-pub-9654279268749293"; /* Article Body, 336x280, Above the fold */ google_ad_slot = "0670981169"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; //--> “Apple Inc’s iPhone 6 is in the final stages of review for approval, with results due shortly, a top Chinese government regulator said in an interview published on Tuesday by Tencent,” Gerry Shih reports for Reuters. “‘The iPhone 6 has ente ...
Source: Mac Daily News   Full article at: Mac Daily News
 

 
Update
3

5 weeks ago

Gold iPhone 6 Plus price hits $3,600 in China as delay fuels black market

Sep 18 2014 8:29pm CDT | Source: Mac Daily News

google_ad_client = "ca-pub-9654279268749293"; /* Article Body, 336x280, Above the fold */ google_ad_slot = "0670981169"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; //--> “Liu Min stands a few feet from an Apple Inc. store in Beijing hawking something that can’t be bought inside: the new iPhone 6,” Bloomberg News reports. “While the device debuts today in the U.S., Hong Kong, Japan and Australia, there is no release date set for the world’s bigg ...
Source: Mac Daily News   Full article at: Mac Daily News
 

 
Update
2

7 weeks ago

China Mobile racks up 33,000 preorders for unannounced, unseen ‘iPhone 6′

Sep 3 2014 7:54am CDT | Source: Mac Daily News

google_ad_client = "ca-pub-9654279268749293"; /* Article Body, 336x280, Above the fold */ google_ad_slot = "0670981169"; google_ad_width = 336; google_ad_height = 280; //--> “China Mobile, the world’s largest cellular carrier by subscribers, began accepting reservations for Apple’s unannounced next-generation iPhone on Tuesday and has subsequently racked up more than 33,000 orders since going live,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider. “Currently limited ...
Source: Mac Daily News   Full article at: Mac Daily News
 

 
Update
1

7 weeks ago

China Mobile sees more than 33K iPhone 6 pre-orders in first hours

Sep 3 2014 1:38am CDT | Source: MacNN

China Mobile, the top carrier in China with over 800 million subscribers (and more than 20 million LTE users), opened pre-orders for the iPhone 6 to Beijing customers on Tuesday. Surprisingly, the carrier has seemingly confirmed the existence of two models, at 4.7 and 5.5 inches, and reported over 33,000 preorders in the first few hours. Customers can also save a place in line for the (unrevea ...
Source: MacNN   Full article at: MacNN
 

 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/8" rel="author">Luigi Lugmayr</a>
Luigi is the founding Chief Editor of I4U News and brings over 15 years experience in the technology field to the ever evolving and exciting world of gadgets. He started I4U News back in 2000 and evolved it into vibrant technology magazine.
Luigi can be contacted directly at ml@i4u.com. Luigi posts regularly on LuigiMe.com about his experience running I4U.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Apple Planning to Open 25 New Stores in China within Two Years
Apple Planning to Open 25 New Stores in China within Two Years
Tim Cook reveals that Apple is thinking to build 25 additional stores in the massive Chinese market
 
 
Nike CEO Indicates Cooperation with Apple to Build New Wearable Products
Nike CEO Indicates Cooperation with Apple to Build New Wearable Products
Mark Parker says that Nike and CEO can do those things together that would have been impossible working “independently.”
 
 
iPhone 6 Plus Affected with Crashing Issues
iPhone 6 Plus Affected with Crashing Issues
The largest version of the iPhone has been found to either crash or gets rebooted on a constant basis
 
 
Apple Ditches SSL 3.0
Apple Ditches SSL 3.0
Apple is switching to TLS encryption after new vulnerabilities
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Second MERS case reported in Qatar
Doha, Oct 23 (IANS) A 43-year-old man in Qatar has tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the second confirmed case of the deadly virus in 10 days, media reported Thursday. The patient had...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Two people die in Pakistan bomb blast
Islamabad, Oct 23 (IANS) At least two people were killed and 12 others injured in an explosion that took place in Pakistan's Balochistan province Thursday, media reported. The bomb was planted on a motorcycle, Dawn...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Trott extends contract with Warwickshire till 2017
London, Oct 23 (IANS) England batsman Jonathan Trott, whose mental issues led to his abrupt departure from last winter's Ashes tour, has confirmed his successful comeback to competitive cricket by signing a new three-...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Srikanth, Kashyap big movers in BWF rankings
Kuala Lumpur, Oct 23 (IANS) Indian men shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap jumped seven places each in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released Thursday while Olympic bronze medallist...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Alvin Stardust dead
London, Oct 23 (IANS) English singer Alvin Stardust died after a short illness. He was 72. Stardust's manager confirmed the news about his demise Thursday, reports mirror.co.uk. He was recently diagnosed with...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Indian man reunited with family after 40 years
Dubai, Oct 23 (IANS) An Indian man, who had disappeared from his hometown in Kerala nearly 40 years ago, has been found by his family at a hospital in Dubai in the UAE, a newspaper report said. Now in his 60s, Abdulla...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Srikanth, Kashyap, Saina rise in world rankings
Kala Lumpur, Oct 23 (IANS) Indian men shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap jumped seven places each in the latest released Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings Thursday while Olympic bronze medallist...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Flintoff signs for Big Bash side Brisbane Heat
Brisbane, Oct 23 (IANS) Former England captain and all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, who retired from international cricket in 2009, Wednesday confirmed that he will play for Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League (BBL) this...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
OPEC daily basket price falls again
Vienna, Oct 23 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) closed at $81.94 a barrel Wednesday compared to $82.09 Tuesday, the OPEC Secretariat said. The new OPEC...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Lopez to sign multi-million dollar deal?
Los Angeles, Oct 23 (IANS) Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez is reportedly in the final stages of securing a multi-million dollar deal to perform in Las Vegas. The 45-year-old is being offered $350,000 per show at The...
Read more on Celebrity Balla