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Sim Cards

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Sim Cards

My daughter will be in Beijing middle of April and will be travelling around. She has an unlocked Nokia with her. Which sim card would you recommend? Would she receive calls for free on it? How much will texts cost. Will the sim card work all over China to receive free calls, or do roaming charges then apply. Thanks for your help.

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Shenzhou Xing by China Mobile works pretty well all over China.If you purchase it in Beijing,call US from Beijing only 40 cent(chinese money),send a message to open the service,you pay 1 rmb,when you go to other cities make or receive phone calls is 39 cents per minute.Call Us from other provinces is around 2rmb per minutes

Sherbrooke, Canada
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Wow that sounds expensive.

Any ways, yes the Beijing SIM card will work everywhere in China. The cost will depend on the package she subscribes to. It is best that she buys the SIM card in an official China Mobile store. They generally do not speak english there so better bring a Chinese friend to translate the packages so she can choose the one that fits her needs.

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http://www.prepaidgsm.net/en/china.html

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in Sept 2008 we went to Beijing on business, a friend bought sim card for us, don't remember what kind, but a hazzle. We had to register it with our pasport and when we went to other city the card did not work. We are going again next month. We appreciate any tips from you, thank you!

Sherbrooke, Canada
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I just helped someone from LA visiting Beijing buy her SIM card yesterday. No passport required. We just bought from a small convenience store. They may ask for your passport if you buy from an official China mobile outlet. Should work everywhere in China. Every SIM I ever bought for me or others always worked everywhere.

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Thank you so much for your respond. Maybe that's where he got it from, official mobile outlet, because we had to go their store and showed our pasport, the lady speaks little English and we did not speak Chinese. We will be in Wangfujing area in June, do you know what convenient store we can go to? Thank you !!!

Sherbrooke, Canada
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There is a China Mobile store on Wangfujing on the west side of the street. There are small shops and magazine kiosks selling SIM cards everywhere. You cna spot them as they have a very long list oh phone numbers posted on their kiosk. You can ask your hotel for the nearest one.

You should note that the SIM card bought at China Mobile directly will be slightly cheaper. The ones sold in the kiosks have a price that depends how" good" the number is (lucky numbers are more expensive)

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Thank you for your helpful information, we will do that.

Manila, Philippines
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We will need 2 SIM cards for a 4 day visit to make mostly local calls and maybe a few international texts - what amount/load should we get?

Thanks.

Qingdao, China
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10. Re: Sim Cards

Watch Here:

How to say "buy a sim card" in Chinese and the fee.

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