China Mobile, the largest telecom operator in China, saw higher than 20% decrease in text message business in the first fourth months of this year, thanks to mobile messaging apps such as WeChat (aka Weixin), Li Yue, CEO of China Mobile, disclosed at the annual shareholders’ meeting. In 2013 the SMS business declined by 15%.

The voice calling business began declining too.

Forced to transform businesses, China Mobile’s telecom service division shifted focus from voice calling and text messages to data business. The company saw 24% increase in data sales in 2013, representing 35% of the division’s total revenues.

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