China recorded 1.21 billion mobile phone users by the end of September, with mobile phone penetration rate increasing 6.7% year-on-year to 89.2 sets per 100 people, according to data released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (report in Chinese).

The number of 3G subscribers soared 48.73 million in the third quarter of this year to 368 million, accounting for 30.5% of the total. TD users represent 60.2% of newly added 3G subscribers.

The number of fixed-line telephones dropped 7.75 million in the first three quarters to 270 million sets, accounting for 18.3% of the total phone users.

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Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.