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Wired.com: China text-messages millions on typhoon
Jul 27 2006 03:38PM
Daniel Jimenez (dgj1menez hotmail com)
By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press Writer
Thursday, July 27, 2006 02:47 pm GMT
SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- With Typhoon Kaemi roaring toward Jinjiang in
China's crowded southeast, Dr. Yang was sealing his apartment windows
against the pounding rain when his cell phone buzzed to life.
"Typhoon forecast to make land this evening near Jinjiang," said the
message, which was sent to millions of mobile phones in the coastal city and
surrounding Fujian province. "Please attend to preparations."
More often used by gossipy teenagers, mobile phone messages have become a
key tool for Chinese authorities who need to alert millions of villagers and
fishermen during this year's unusually powerful typhoon season.
Mobile phones are so common in China that almost one in three of its 1.3
billion people has one, making them a rival power to television and radio in
reaching the public.
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