Either the phones are dead or the customers are.
Beijing claims to have COVID-19 as under control as the media and internet. They maintain that the death toll was less than 3200, the number infected only 81,000 and have “no new infections”.
So how did China Mobile lose 7.25 million customers in two months? Did they just cut off people’s phones to censor people and silence the sharing of information? Is no one around to use those phones anymore? Or a combination of the two?
Time will tell.
China Mobile’s executive director and chairman Yang Jie said Coronavirus pandemic affected their overall business, with total number of mobile customers decreasing by 7.25 million last month while 4G users fell by 12 million, according to a report in The Standard, a Hong Kong-based newspaper.
This has led to some people to make some sensational claims about the real COVID-19 death toll in China, as opposed to current official numbers.
Number of new customers signing up for China Mobile also fell 60 percent for the first two months this year (January and February 2020) amid the Coronavirus outbreak, but what’s causing people to especially sit up and take notice is the number of 7.25 million or 72.5 lakh subscriber dip.
There can be plenty of legitimate reasons to explain the fall, but some online commentators and Reddit threads are taking the China Mobile’s 7.25 million sharp subscriber dip number indicative of Coronavirus pandemic’s real casualty number in China, even as official numbers indicate just over 81,000 total affected by COVID-19 leading to over 3,200 deaths.