China had 500 million mobile Internet users as of the end of last year, China Daily reported Thursday, citing an estimate from the China Internet Network Information Center. The nation added about 80 million mobile Internet users in 2013 and more than 80 percent of Chinese netizens were using smartphones to log onto the Web, the government-backed industry administration body was quoted as saying in a report. Mobile Internet user growth has powered smartphone-based services such as video, music and social networks, the report said. The total number of Internet users in China stood at 618 million, including more than 53 million new users, according to the report.
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