*** ONE TIME USE ONLY *** –FILE–Young Chinese women use their smartphones at a shopping mall in Taiyuan city, north China’s Shanxi province, 24 April 2015. The number of Chinese mobile phone users accounted for 94.5% of its total population by the end of June, latest data showed. In the first half, China saw 6.88 million new mobile phone users, bringing the country’s total mobile phone users to 1.29 billion, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said in a statement. The ratio of mobile phone users to population was higher than 100% in nine provincial-level regions, including Beijing, Shanghai, as well as provinces of Guangdong and Zhejiang. The number of users choosing broadband mobile internet services (3G and 4G services) reached 674 million by the end of June, accounting for 52.1% of all mobile phone users.