Maybe, there won’t be such a thing as a free “Weixin” (WeChat)

Free or paid Weixin ?

If you plan to save money on texting and video communication domestically or internationally, the first idea jumping into your mind could be “let’s log on Weixin” and touching down the grey button to chat with your friends, because it is totally free and convenient. However when the head of government announced that they are taking into consideration to charge a small fee on Weixin, will you still continue to use it as a daily communication tool or completely delete this fresh green icon from your smart device?

During the Tomb-sweeping Day, the discussion on whether Weixin will be charged became hot. On one hand, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the regulatory institution which is in charge of the Internet and telecommunications sectors, is planning to require users to pay some fees to Chinese telecoms. On the other hand, Ma Huateng, CEO of Tencent, made a response to the public saying that Weixin will still provide free services to all users. The huge discrepancy between these two sides irritates and upsets netizens in Chinese cyberspace. With such a measure, whose Interest is harmed?

Due to the large data bandwidth which is highly and frequently used, Chinese telecoms operators such as China Mobile Ltd, China Unicom and China Telecom Corp, are seeking a way to charge users for this app to make up its loss on their international calls segment, message texting, and Internet use. If we take a closer look at the revenues of China Mobile, it can be found out that the growth of voice services still exhibit a rate of 7.8% but its market share is declining from 69% in 2010 to 65.7% in 2012. At the same time, the Internet use has been keeping surging and increased by 187.6% from 2011 and 2012, with a growth rate of 53.6% as for the turnover of the industry.

Amazing growth

Over the same period of time, Weixin, created by Tencent, has become a leader in its sector and is widely used among Chinese Netizens. As opposite to those anxious telecom operators, Tencent places great expectations in the app, which was positioned as the next promising cash cow for the future of Tencent. Let’s look at some figures to be convinced of the importance of Weixin. Since Weixin was launched in January of 2011, it only took 14 months to Tencent to get 100 million users. After this astonishing growth, the pace boomed and went from 100 million users to 200 million users in only 6 months and from 200 million to 300 million users in only  4 months. If we compare the growth in user registration between Weixin from Tencent and Weibo from Sina (equivalent to Twitter and Facebook at the same time), which had to wait for 31 months (2 years and a half) to reach the same level of 300 million users, Weixin outperformed the previous emerging and bright SNS website.

Written by Limo from China Consultant of Daxue Consulting

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