Chinese mobile phone manufacturers shipped 1.18 billion mobile phones in 2012, with an increase of 4.3%, according a report by Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Every one hundred Chinese own 82.6 mobile phones, 9 more than that in 2011.

Of the 260 million mobile phones sold in 2012, 49.1% are smart phones. It is estimated smartphone sales will surpass feature phones this year.

More than 100 million 3G subscribers were added in 2012 — the biggest number ever. Mobile Internet users account for 74.5%, 5.1% higher than the year before, of the total Chinese netizens, according to the MIIT report.

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Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com