WOMAN USES MOBILE PHONE IN SHANGHAI.
A woman sends short messages (SMS) while a man chats on his mobile phone in
Shanghai July 8,2003. China's mobile phone duopoly of China Mobile Ltd and
China Unicom Ltd posted weak subscriber growth in May, as the nation's SARS
outbreak dampened consumer activity. The number of mobile phone subscribers
in China rose 1.9 percent in May to 230 million, the second slowest growth
rate in the last year and a half, according to the nation's Ministry of
Information Industry. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV