Spam leaves phone users speechless

Beijing businessman Tian Dong bought a BMW 5 Series vehicle for his company in 2009 and the following day his mobile phone was inundated by spam.

Tian has received dozens of spam messages every day since then, advertising products from fake fapiao (tax invoices) to secondhand cars. “Sometimes these messages wake me up after midnight.”

Tian was spammed again three months later after he bought an apartment, this time with messages about renovation.

The unsolicited messages are a nuisance shared by China’s 878 million mobile phone users. According to, an anti-spam center and hotline run by the China Internet Society, spammers distributed an average of 11.4 junk messages a week to each mobile phone user in the second half of 2010.

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