China SIM Card
|Information and Talk Rates Chart|
|Key Features||Initial Credit||Mainland China Talk Rates||Hong Kong Talk Rates||SMS Rates||Internet/Data Rates|
A China pre-paid SIM card with Chinese and HK numbers plus optional US number add-on.
Complete with initial airtime worth RMB 100 yuan ($11)-that's about 180 minutes of outgoing calls back to the US or 180 minutes of received calls, or local calls within China. – (with IDD dialing – just a 5 digit prefix).
Easily add talk time by calling Cellular Abroad or purchasing a recharge voucher in China.
Domestic rates just $0.06 per minute.
Incoming international calls only $0.06 per minute.
Calls back to the US and Canada $0.06 per minute.
15 RMB monthly service charge from available call credit, once balance is 0 you have 90 days to add credit or service is deactivated.
English-speaking customer representatives in China.
This SIM also works in Hong Kong!
Just $0.06 per minute – even to the USA or Canada
Works in China and Hong Kong
US number add-on available as an option
Easy to add additional call credit
Extensive coverage throughout China
China SIM Card
The China Mobile SIM card we offer is a very popular option for travelers who need to make calls within China as well as internationally. Rates, at just $0.06 per minute - even for international calls, are a small fraction of what you would expect to pay through Verizon, Sprint and other providers. China Mobile, the carrier, is the largest cellular carrier not only in China but in the world and therefore has excellent coverage and service throughout the country. The initial SIM card has 180 minutes of call credit. If you need additional talk time, you can purchase it upfront together with your SIM card, locally in China or through Cellular Abroad during your trip. Along with the Chinese phone number (based out of Shanghai) and the Hong Kong phone number that come standard with the SIM card, we also offer the option of adding a US phone number to your service. This allows you to either call forward your current phone number to the new one or to simply give out the new one to your US or Canadian contacts. This service is just $19 and gives you up to 11 hours of call forwarding. If you order a micro or nano SIM card, we will also include a set of adapters that will convert your SIM card into a standard size SIM as well as a handy SIM card tray opener.
|How Do Cellular Abroad Rates For China Compare to Your Current Carrier?|
|Calls to N. America||$0.06||$2.50||$1.99||$2.99||$3.59|
|* AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-MobileÂ’s rates exclude tax which is approximately 20% of the value. In addition, our solution is not a roaming solution and therefore is more reliable and faster.|
The easiest way to purchase more talk time credit is calling Cellular Abroad at +1-310-862-7100 (8am to 4pm PST, Monday through Saturday, English speaking reps), but you can also order online 24/7 through our website, before or during your trip.
Currently, China Mobile offers data for China pay as you go services at 2G speeds which is fast enough for sending emails and for other applications such as Whatsapp and light browsing. The rate is 2 RMB for the first 5MB per day and then 1 RMB per MB for usage above and beyond 5MB. Therefore, 100MB is about $16 and 1GB is about $160.
When will I get my SIM card?
We ship our SIM cards to you prior to your departure so you are ready to go as soon as you land. Standard shipping takes 4-5 business days. We also offer express options.
Will the SIM card work with my phone?
As long as your cell phone is unlocked and has the 900 and 1800 Mhz bands, it is compatible with your phone.
How do I know if my phone is unlocked?
You cannot tell physically if your cell phone is unlocked. 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 we do. They are available during checkout.
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. The China Mobile SIM card we offer, besides having English customer service and instructions, is specifically designed for travelers who need to make international calls.
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.
Where can I get more talk time?
You can get additional call credit either through Cellular Abroad or locally in China.
Will it work as soon as I land in China?
Does it work outside of China?
It will work in China and Hong Kong but not anywhere else.
How much will it cost people in the USA/Canada to call me on my Italian 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?
Yes but please note that there is a 15 RMB monthly fee. Therefore, if you plan on using your SIM next year, you will need to top up it with a couple of hundred RMB.
More questions? Call us at 800.287.5072 and we will be glad to be of assistance.