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3G TD-SCDMA mobile phones on display at a China Mobile's branch (Photo taken in February, 2010, in Dalian, China
Meizu MX sold in China.
ZTE Blade and various models are popular in China.

China's mobile phone industry or cell phone industry has high growth rate, raising its share on the global mobile phone market. During 2007, 600 million mobile phones were made in China which accounted for over 25 percent of the global production.[citation needed] China is the largest market in terms of mobile phone subscribers.


Mobile phone service providers

After the 2008 reorganization of China's telecommunication industry, there are now three mobile phone service providers.

China Mobile

China Mobile (Chinese: 中国移动) continues the old China Mobile's service, absorbed China Railway Communications, and began 3G service using TD-SCDMA, China's disputed own technology.

China Unicom

China Unicom (Chinese: 中国联通) continues the old China Unicom's GSM service, absorbed the old China Netcom's network of fixed telephones in the north of the Yangtze River in China, and started 3G service using W-CDMA technology.

China Telecom

China Telecom (Chinese: 中国电信) continues PHS service of the old China Netcom and China Telecom, continues the old China Telecom's network of fixed telephones in the south of the Yangtze River, and began 3G service using CDMA2000 technology.

Mobile Phone Industry

Wireless communication is regulated by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. The mobile phone industry in China has grown to become a large industry, including research of new technology, manufacturing of mobile phones and building of communications networks, contributed by the domestic companies and also foreign companies, such as:

Huawei Technologies is expected to surpass Nokia-Siemens Networks and Alcatel-Lucent to become the second largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment, after Ericsson, in 2009.

ZTE and China Mobile have done turnkey mobile phone network projects in Pakistan, Ethiopia, etc.

Mobile Phones

Major mobile phone manufacturers

Mainland China based Companies:-

International Companies:-

Domestics sales

The domestic sales of mobile phone made a breakthrough of 100 million in China in 2006.

In 2007, the domestic sales of mobile phone in china were 190 million, increased by 74 percent as compared with 2007. The impetus mainly came from the rapid growth of new mobile phone users and old customers' upgrading demands. Of 190 million mobile phones, 140 million were made through formal channels, while the rest were made through informal channels such as smuggling, counterfeiting and renovating.

Export volume

The export volume of China's mobile phones added up to a record high of 385 million in 2006, increased by 69.3 percent as compared with 2005. In 2007, this figure reached 483 million, increased by 125.45 percent as compared with 2006. As far as 2006, the export volume had reached US$31.214 billion, increased by 52.47 percent as compared with 2005. The export volume of 2007 was 35.6 billion dollars, increased by 114.01 percent as compared with 2006.

Development trend

Since 2011 smartphones, especially running the open source Android operating system, have become increasingly popular in the Chinese mobile market. By 2016 smart-phones have become the dominant seller in the Chinese market. This is due to the Android system providing the possibility for factories to produce smartphones with increasing ease, which in turn has allowed prices to decrease even to below RMB 1,000 Yuan. These cheap smartphones are also exported to every corner of the world thanks to Chinese internet sales platforms such as and, and overseas online sales platforms such as and[2]


China's mobile phone market is dominated by products with price under 2000 RMB yuan (about 300 dollars). Products at this price have accounted for 60 percent of the whole mobile phone market, competing with China's local brands, informal mobile phones and international brands.

Features of China's mobile phones


Android phones sold in China come with many more pre-installed apps that transmit privacy-sensitive data to third-parties without notice or consent.[3][4][5][6]

See also


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  2. ^ "Cheap and Reliable Web Hosting - fast shared hosting and KVM VPS".
  3. ^ "Study reveals scale of data-sharing from Android mobile phones". Trinity College Dublin. 11 October 2021. Retrieved 10 February 2023.
  4. ^ Liu, Haoyu; Patras, Paul; Leith, Douglas J. (18 January 2023). "On the data privacy practices of Android OEMs". PLOS ONE. 18 (1): e0279942. Bibcode:2023PLoSO..1879942L. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0279942. PMC 9847909. PMID 36652407.
  5. ^ Liu, Haoyu; Leith, Douglas J.; Patras, Paul (2023). "Android OS Privacy Under the Loupe -- A Tale from the East". arXiv:2302.01890 [cs.CR].
  6. ^ Ropek, Lucas (8 February 2023). "Top Android Phones From China Are Packed With Spyware, Research Finds". Gizmodo. Retrieved 10 February 2023.