The number of mobile phone users in China, already the world's biggest telecoms market, has grown to more than 431 million, a government news agency reported Tuesday.

The number, as of the end of July, was a 44.9 percent increase over the same time last year, the Xinhua News Agency said, citing the Ministry of Information Industry.

The country's total number of telephone users surpassed 798 million at the same time, the report said.