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WeChat hits 300 million users

Tencent’s mobile instant-messaging app has reached 300 million registered users two years after it was launched.

The WeChat team announced the news on its Tencent Weibo page this week, a few days ahead of the app’s two-year anniversary next Monday.

You Tianyu, senior analyst at iResearch Consulting Group told China Daily the WeChat’s future prospect will be closely aligned to the number of people using mobile internet devices in China.

As of end of last year, 420 million netizens were going online via their mobile devices, an 18% year-on-year increase, according to China Internet Network Information Centre.

WeChat reached the 100 million mark last March, and 200 million in September. Over the past year, the app also gained international exposure in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Japan and the US after an English version was launched.

Tencent’s chairman and chief executive officer Pony Ma wrote on his Tencent Weibo that the 300 million mark is a milestone and he expects the service to be ready to take on the global market in 2013.

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