China SIM Card
A China pre-paid SIM card with Chinese phone number plus optional US number add-on.
Includes 250 minutes within China or 125 to the US or a combination
Free incoming calls/texts
Free incoming texts worldwide
1GB of highspeed data (4G/LTE)
Add a US number option
Add additional call or data credit
90 day validity of call/data credit after first use
Includes 250 minutes of local calls or 125 minutes of international calls
Unlimited free incoming calls
Includes 1GB of 4G LTE data
Extensive nationwide coverage
Includes a Chinese number with an optional US number add-on
Add on additional call credit and/or data
China SIM Card
Our China Mobile SIM card is a popular choice for travelers to China. It has been specifically designed with the needs of the international traveler in mind including low international rates and ease of use. The mobile data rates and call rates, even for international calls, are a small fraction of what you would expect to pay through Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and other providers. The SIM card comes with 250 minutes in China or 125 to the US, Canada and Hong Kong and 500 outgoing texts (or a combination thereof), unlimited free incoming calls and 1GB of 4G, LTE data. You have the option of adding more data and/or more talk time. In addition, you can add a US phone number to the Chinese phone number that comes already on the SIM card. China Unicom is the only carrier in China that provides 4G data service. The service and coverage in China are excellent. The carrier is Unicom, the only 4G carrier in China. The 3-in-1 size fits in any phone or tablet and works on any unlocked device. Your call and data credit last for 90 days from the first use. Additional credit will extend the validity of the SIM card for an additional 90 days.
Please note that Chinese law (No. 25 decree issued by China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology) requires that all foreigners using a Chinese SIM card send a scanned copy of the photo page of their passport). When you receive your SIM card, we will include the email address where to send the scanned copy of your passport. Without this, your SIM card cannot be activated.
The China SIM card comes with 1 GB of 4G LTE data. Add additional data during checkout if you need more. You can add and additional 2GB of data for a total of 3GB of high speed LTE data on the China SIM card. Having mobile data is the perfect way to check your emails, browse the web and use such as WhatsApp, Skype, Google Maps and more. Tip: in China, some services such as YouTube, Facebook, Google Search and Gmail are blocked. We recommend you use a VPN app if you intend to use these services. Currently, other apps and websites such as Uber, Hotmail, Skype and others work fine.
US Phone Number Add-on
The SIM card comes with a Chinese cell phone number. While incoming calls are free, people calling a Chinese number would be charged international rates. US cell phone number makes it affordable for your contacts to reach you. You can also forward your current number to the new US number so that anyone who calls your usual number can reach you. The US number add-on is available during check out and is just $19 for 4 hours of call forwarding.
You can order additional recharges together with the order of your SIM card or during your trip. Please allow up to 24 hours for the credit to be applied if you order additional call credit during your trip.
The China SIM card does roam but please keep in mind that roaming rates are very expensive and Cellular Abroad does not recommend using this SIM card outside of China. Having said that, incoming text messages are free, even in the United States and Canada.
Will the SIM card work with my phone?
As long as your phone is unlocked it will work. If your phone is not a smartphone, please make sure that it has the 900/1800 GSM bands.
How do I know if my phone is unlocked?
You cannot tell physically if your cell phone is unlocked. All newer Verizon phones are unlocked (from the iPhone 5 forth if you have an iPhone for example). If you are with AT&T and you put a different SIM card (such as T-Mobile) in and it picks up a network, it is unlocked. Conversely, if you put another SIM card in and it says, "enter subsidy code" or similar, it is locked. Call your carrier to check to see if your phone is unlocked or if it qualifies for being unlocked.
Do you offer micro and nano SIM cards?
Yes, your SIM card is a 3-1 SIM and will fit any phone.
Can I tether?
Yes, you can tether (use your phone as a hotspot).
Why don't I just purchase a SIM card when I get to China?
There are many different types of SIM cards in China - some good for local calls, some just for texting, some for other purposes and virtually none work throughout China with no roaming. Unless you speak the language, good luck figuring out what you are getting. Plus, most people do not want to go through the wait and hassle of filling out documentation and providing passport details after a long flight. Our SIM card will work as soon as you hit the tarmac.
How good is the coverage?
In a word; excellent. As a rule of thumb, as long as there are roads that are traveled on and houses where people live, there is coverage. Of course, that doesn't always mean that there is coverage every where and all the time. Still, most travelers are surprised at how extensive the coverage typically is.
Is there voicemail?
There is no voicemail at this time.
I have heard that Gmail and other websites and apps do not work. Is this true?
Yes it is true. We recommend that you use a VPN app in order to get around this.
If I add-on the US phone number, will people be able to reach me when I am in China?
Yes, they will be able to reach you while in China. Typically, you will give locals the Chinese number and people back home the US number. You can also forward your current number to the new US number so that all your contacts can reach you buy calling the usual number. Please be aware that due to the time difference, unless your phone is on silent, you may be woken up in the middle of the night!
Where can I get more talk time or data?
You can get additional call credit through Cellular Abroad. Also, you can only get up to 6 GB of data per 30 day period.
Will it work as soon as I land in China?
Does it work outside of China?
It will work all over the world but roaming rates are expensive!
How much will it cost people in the USA/Canada to call me on my China number?
That depends on their plan. A great option is to add the "US Number" feature to your service.
Can I keep my usual number?
Yes you can. Purchase the US Number add on and forward your current number to the new one (ask your carrier what the procedure is). This is ideal for business travelers who need to be reached at all times but is also a double edged sword for travelers going for a bit of rest and relaxation as anyone who calls your usual number will reach you. Another option is just to give a select few your new US number.
Can I use the SIM card next year when I go to China?
You will need to add credit once every 90 days in order to retain your phone number.
More questions? Call us at 800.287.5072 and we will be glad to be of assistance.