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Tibet, the poorest province in China, has the highest ARPU for China Mobile. A poor Beijing student from the province of Hubei walks around with the latest Samsung color-screen GPRS Java-enabled phone. Construction workers climb high-rises while talking on Nokia phones. China is the largest and fastest-growing wireless market, but be warned: China is a great myth where paradoxes materialize in a never-ending story. In a country with an average salary of $150 per year, mobile telephony has already become ubiquitous. Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangdong are reaching penetration rates of more than 40%. China is now the world's largest mobile phone market with more than 180 million subscribers and a growth per month equivalent to the population of Norway (over 4 million). China has quickly moved to become the "Middle Kingdom" of the mobile industry. "Mitsubishi has its GSM ... (more)