The three Chinese telcos released statistics for the first half of 2013 this week. The combined number of 3G subscribers increased by 86.06 million, totaling 325.2 million that accounts for 27% of the total mobile phone users in mainland China.

China Mobile saw larger increase that 3 G subscribers added 49.93 million, thanks to, as reported, increased smartphone subsidies.

Both China Unicom and China Telecom gained around 20 million new subscribers in the first half. China Unicom 3G subscribers reached 100 million.

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at

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