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Text Messaging Restored in Xinjiang

January 17 | No Comments

“Hey we can sent message…If you get this message pls reply me let me know. :)”

– a friend in Xinjiang

“Yay! Hey josh!”

– a friend in Shanghai

As of 12:01am this Sunday morning, January 17th, I am now able to send and receive text messages all over China for the first time in 6 months. The news was released as a one-sentence statement on the web but has been quickly forwarded all throughout the province via…can you guess? That’s right, text messages.  Finally I can receive something besides a public service announcement telling me to be careful driving on highway 217 because it’s icy.

Naturally I’m glad things are getting restored, but I honestly care little about text messaging. All the people with whom I can text I could just as easily call (I feel the same way about the texting phenomenon in America, but that’s another story altogether). I’m more interested in contacting the people I can’t call at the moment, and this latest development does nothing to solve that predicament.

About Josh Summers

Josh is a writer, musician and entrepreneur who currently resides in Urumqi, capital of China's western province of Xinjiang. He has been traveling and writing about this region since 2006 and has no plans to stop in the near future.

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