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Need A Phone While in China?

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Data Plan

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.

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Smartphone Rental Phone
3G and Wifi w/ Android phone
  • Calls just $0.06 per minute – even to the USA and Canada
  • Comes with a Chinese and a Hong Kong cell phone number
  • US phone number add-on available as an optional feature
  • Great coverage throughout China
  • Purchase additional call credit locally or through Cellular Abroad
  • Works in Hong Kong
Rental Rates*
1 week 2 weeks 4 weeks 6 weeks 8 weeks
$48.95 $83.95 $99.95 $129.95 $149.95

*PLUS the price of (1) recharge voucher for initial talk credit ($27.00). This credit is necessary for your service to work - it will be in your cart when you check out. This gives you 250 international or domestic minutes.


China Cell Phone Rental

Cellular Abroad's China Cell Phone Rental is a great value for anyone visiting China and is a small fraction of what you would pay roaming with your current carrier. Coverage is on the China Mobile network. With 400 million subscribers, it is the largest carrier in the world. Rates are just $0.06 per minute, in and out, even for international calls back to the US or Canada. Since the service is pay as you go, you simply add additional call credit when and if needed either through Cellular Abroad or in China at a China Mobile store. Your initial cell phone rental package includes 250 minutes or more if you purchase more. At just $0.06 per minute, it is easy to understand why Cellular Abroad's cell phone rentals for China are one of our most popular solutions. The service also works in Hong Kong but for an additional fee.

We offer 3 cell phone rental options for China, a Standard Rental, a Smartphone Android Rental and an iPhone Rental. Although we do not offer data service, both the Smartphone and iPhone rentals offer wifi capability.

In addition, if you select to have the optional US number, callers from the United States can reach you without having to make an international call. You can also forward your current cell phone or landline to this new number and avoid roaming fees. This service is a great value and is available for only $19 for 11 hours of calling forward. Please note that you must also have credit on your China Mobile service.

How Do Cellular Abroad Rates For China Compare to Your Current Carrier?
  Cellular Abroad AT&T* Verizon* Sprint* T-Mobile*
Incoming $0.06 $2.50 $1.99 $2.99 $3.59
Outgoing Local $0.06 $2.50 $1.99 $2.99 $3.59
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.


Ordering a Rental Phone is easy. Select the phone and time period, starting from the day you depart until the day you return. Add at least one call credit voucher. If you want a US phone number, add the optional US Number Add on. You can order online or speak to one of our expert advisors at 1-800-287-5072 and they can place the order for you. Time permitting, we deliver the Phone Rental 2 business days prior to you departure using UPS or FedEx. We can deliver the following day (except Sunday) for those with immediate departures


You will receive a fully charged Rental Phone, complete with the call credit that you ordered, a local Shanghai and US phone number (if ordered) a convenient travel pouch and international chargers and plug adapters and simple instructions. If you have any questions, please call us or email us.


Your Phone Rental is ready to go. When you arrive at your overseas destination, simply turn it on and wait for your phone to display the China Mobile network. Once you have a network you are ready to make and receive calls.

Returning your Rental Phone

We will send you a prepaid return label with your package. Please retain it and, upon return from your trip, drop off the package (as per instructions) within 2 business days from the last day of your rental period. Cellular Abroad will charge late fees if the return shipping date is later than 2 business days from the last day of your rental period. For more information, see Cellular Abroad's full Terms & Conditions. For more information, see Cellular Abroad's full Terms & Conditions.

Important FAQs for Rentals

  • When do I order?
    You can order as far in advance as you like - even months prior to your departure. We will ship your rental at the appropriate date in order for you to receive it prior to your departure. Rentals are shipped ground or express service and will arrive 2 business days prior to your set departure date.
  • How many minutes do I have?
    Along with your rental you are purchasing an initial $27 credit voucher which will start you off with about 250 minutes of calls to the US and locally within China. Additional vouchers may be purchased from Cellular Abroad or from many retailers throughout China.
  • What will this cost me?
    • The applicable rental period fee for the duration of your rental period.
    • $27 for initial talk-time voucher (1 per phone).
    • Round-trip shipping and handling fee (see below).
  • How much is shipping?
    If you order at least 2 weeks in advance, round-trip Ground shipping is only $12.88. If you are leaving soon, we offer round-trip 2-day Express for $29.96, or Overnight Express for $39.96. Rentals will arrive 2 business days prior to your set departure date.
  • What is the latest I can order a rental phone?
    You can order up to one business day prior to your departure as long as you call in before to 1:30pm Pacific Time. Exceptions can be made on a limited basis, even if you are leaving early in the morning - we can usually get your phone to you. Please call our 800 number (rather than order via the web) in order to confirm that we can get you a phone rental on time.
  • When do I get the phone?
    You will receive your cell phone rental two days prior to your departure, unless you require next day delivery.
  • Does the cell phone come charged?
    Yes it does, but it’s always best to test the battery and charge phone before your departure.
  • Can I charge this phone on my trip?
    Yes, you will receive an international charger and relevant plug adapters, so you can charge the phone in the U.S. or at your destination.
  • How do I return the phone?
    Round trip shipping is included in your shipping fee. You will be provided with a return sticker label, which you can put on the box the phone arrived in, or your own box. If using your own box please do not use an extremely oversized box. (Canadian rental customers click here)
  • What happens if I cancel?
    If your rental has not shipped, you will only be charged a 5% reserve fee. If your rental has been sent out, you are responsible for the one week rental fee plus the shipping fee.
  • Are there any surcharges or hidden fees?
    Unless you are roaming outside of the country or countries for which your service is offered, the rates are fixed according to our posted rate chart and coverage areas. All rental customers are subject to our Terms & Conditions.
  • What will the rates be for people calling me from the US?
    That depends on the international long distance rates charged by their Long Distance Company or international calling card.
  • Does Cellular Abroad offer insurance against loss or damage?
    Yes, rental insurance is available for $19.50 as an add-on once you add your item to the cart. See what is covered here.

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