The China Instant Communications Market Survey Report 2006 recently released by the China Internet Network Information Center shows that up to 60% of users of instant communications tools have suffered computer virus contracted by the communications tools.

80% of those users have also received unwanted messages during the usage of these kinds of tools.

CNNIC's report, which is based on a telephone survey that CNNIC conducted in November on Internet users in six Chinese cities–Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu and Xi'an–shows that about 59.8% of the netizens in the cities were using instant communications service and over 60% of them had stopped using email because of the greater convenience provided by instant communications tools.

More than 70% of MSN users and about two thirds of QQ users say that they had used telephone less since they began to use these more convenient tools.

The survey says QQ first by accounting for 84.4% of the market share and it was followed by MSN, which holds 13.9% of the market.


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