Jan 26 2009

Happy Niu Year: 18 billion text messages

Published by at 5:02 am under China internet

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From: China.org.cn

China’s mobile phone users might send more than 18 billion text messages during the week-long Spring Festival that runs until January 31, telecom operators said Monday.

Many of this year’s messages feature a play on words. Under the lunar calendar, 2009 is the year of the Ox, or “niu” in Chinese. So millions of people have gotten greetings saying “Happy Niu Year.”

Text messaging has become increasingly popular during the festival, the biggest holiday in China. Last Lunar New Year, 17 billion messages were sent, compared with 15.2 billion in 2007, 12.6 billion in 2006 and 11 billion in 2005.”

The article fails to mention how many of these might be virus induced.

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3 Responses to “Happy Niu Year: 18 billion text messages”

  1. Eastwoodon 26 Jan 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Happy Niu Year!

  2. Heikeon 27 Jan 2009 at 2:08 am

    Joyful Ox Year to you too,sir!

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