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The mobile phone man


The very definition of the modern man
According to statistics from China's telecoms regulator MII (Ministry of Information Industry), there are over 426 million mobile phone users in China, the biggest user group in the whole world. The cover story of the latest New Weekly (新周刊) is all about this group.

The feature includes interviews with nine people who apparently represent the diverse uses mobile-obsessed urban Chinese have for their phones:

Li Su, a mobile Internet fanatic, often uses the Internet on her mobile. She has followed a basketball match on her phone. She would like to be able to write a 2,000 character blog post and publish it just using her mobile.

Wu Guohua, a manager of a household appliance retail chain, collects different kinds of mobile phones as a hobby. He has gathered more than 30 phones from 1995, and kept them carefully. Most of them still can be used.

Wang Xu, a postgraduate student, likes to disassemble phones to see how they work.

Hua Feng has changed his mobile phone every month since 2002. "Aside from food, I spend almost all my money on changing phones."

Yin Xiaobei and Wu Ying are lovers who like to send each other text messages by mobile phone, sometimes as many as 3,000 a month. They also quarrel by SMS.

Li Fang is a freelance photographer who owns 20 mobile phones: he gives different mobile phone numbers to different girls he meets.

This rather fluffy feature article was sponsored by Motorola.

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Let's see now, we've got mobile phones sponsoring addictive behaviour, mobile phones enabling caddish behaviour, mobile phones enabling antisocial behaviour...

Quite an article!

Does anyone use mobile phones to _make phonecalls_?! I feel oddly unfashionable, all of a sudden...

>Does anyone use mobile phones to _make phonecalls_?! I feel oddly unfashionable, all of a sudden...

Go to a cinema, you'll see plenty of people doing just that.

for my money, New Weekly is the best magazine in China. It always has interesting and timely articles that look at the culture of China, but talks to people all over the country and not just in BJ/SH/GZ.

This sort of gadget obsession is pretty simple to witness on the subway where most young people who are alone are tuning out either using their phone or listening to mp3 players.

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