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Priced at only $149.95
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Our Portable Data Hotspot is an excellent alternative to traditional data roaming for China, with 3GB of data bandwidth for your first month in China. This package deal gets you an unlocked International MiFi device from Novatech; a portable WiFi hotspot capable of supporting multiple devices, and also supports other data-enabled SIM cards for future overseas trips!

If you need a communications solution for calls and texts, please consider our China & Hong Kong Phone Rental.

How does it work?

The MiFi device creates your own personal hotspot, allowing unlimited internet access with your wifi device. Simply turn on your wifi upon arrival in China and enjoy unlimited broadband connectivity through your iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Mac, PC, Smartphone or any other wifi device. Coverage is available almost everywhere throughout all of China with 3G supported in most metropolitan areas. Your China MiFi will allow you to browse the internet, access emails, Facebook and even Skype when, where and as much as you need – without having to worry about running up a huge data bill.

Hotspot Purchase Features

Your China MiFi comes with an initial credit worth 3GB - this is more than most people will use for their entire trip for emails, data-based apps, web browsing and social networking. You can also use Skype, stream videos and music, but be aware that the speed will drop from 3G speed to 2G speed if you use more than 3GB of your 120-day bandwidth allowance. You can purchase additional 2GB credits from Cellular Abroad.

If your cell phone is not compatible for use in China, we also offer affordable cell phone rentals and cell phone purchases for the UK. Most of our customers prefer to purchase our entry level handset as it costs about as little to purchase as to rent. Please feel free to compare!

China MiFi Device Rental with 3GB of 3G speed data
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Detailed Rental Features

  • Data Service provided by China Unicom, China's most reliable Broadband network service provider
  • 3GB of 3G-speed data service for your entire rental period (included in cost of rental)
  • Easy to purchase additional 2GB credits from Cellular Abroad
  • Excellent coverage and fast data speeds
  • No activation required - Your China SIM card is registered to Cellular Abroad, and is active and ready to go; we do not require any of your personal information for registration purposes.

How much data usage do I get with 3GB?

Depending on what you are doing, you can go through 3GB quite slowly, or quite quickly; use this chart to determine how you will use your data credit before you go:

Web browsing 100KB per page 30,000 webpages
Emails (text only) 4KB per email 750,000 emails
Emails (HTML) 15KB per email 210,000 emails
Emails (with small attachment) 100KB per email 30,000 emails
Emails (with standard resolution photo attachment) 1MB per email 3,000 emails
Video Streaming (low quality) 10 minutes 15 videos
Video Streaming (high quality) 10 minutes 3 videos
Audio Streaming (low quality) 10 minutes 3,000 minutes

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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.
  • What will this cost me?
    • The applicable rental period fee for the duration of your rental period. (See 'Plans' tab)
    • 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 MiFi?
    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 MiFi device to you. Please call our 800 number (rather than order via the web) in order to confirm that we can get you a MiFi device on time.
  • When do I get the MiFi?
    You will receive your MiFi device rental two days prior to your departure, unless you require next day delivery.
  • Does the MiFi device come charged?
    Yes it does, but itís always best to test the battery and charge device before your departure.
  • Can I charge this device on my trip?
    Yes, you will receive an international charger and relevant plug adapters, so you can charge the device in the U.S. or at your destination.
  • How do I return the device?
    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 device 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.
  • Does Cellular Abroad offer insurance against loss or damage?
    Yes, rental insurance is available for $29.50 as an add-on once you add your item to the cart. See what is covered here.
  • Multi-Country Travel
    You can also purchase other SIM cards as well for other countries to where you may be traveling. (This option is good for those planning on doing a lot of local calling.) We also offer an international roaming National Geographic Talk Abroad™ rental that is convenient for travel to multiple countries. (This option is useful for those wanting a single number for use in multiple countries and who will be making more calls back home than locally.)

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