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SIM Card Purchase in Mainland China

Having a local mobile phone number in China can prove very convenient. To communicate with your Chinese friends or any other friend in china is actually very simple when you have local SIM card. If you are stuck in traffic you can call and tell someone you are late. If you have a taxi driver who doesn't understand you, you can put him on the phone with a Chinese friend, a teacher or the school administration office. People can also reach you from overseas and in a pinch you can use the phone to ring overseas (long distance calling cards are the cheap way to call overseas) .depending on your needs and the company you use, you will have many choices to get a local SIM card. This article presents the different SIM cards you can use during your stay in our school, and in China.

China Mobile and China Unicom

You should consider what company you use - there are many of them. But the most popular ones are China Mobile and China Unicom. China mobile is the largest carrier in China with the widest network coverage. And the company has got much more users since the introduction the “feixin” service/software which is used for free and mass massaging. China Unicom is well known for its 3G network supply, and it’s the second Chinese carrier.

China mobile call rates

The charge of your call varies, based on the different SIM cards and the region you call from. Basically, the local call is about 0.2 CNY per minute.

Although the call fees are quite similar, each different package provides its own services. The package is determined at the time you purchase your SIM card. Each package has its own name, for China Mobile there are 3 main packages: GoTone (QuanQiuTong), Mzone (DongGanDiDai), and Easy Own (ShenZhouXing); China Unicom provides 3G, and New Power (XinShiLi).

  • Click Here to see the basic info for these packages:


    1. GoTone (QuanQiuTong):

    a. Internet Package:

    Monthly Basic Rate (RMB)

    Calling time (mins)

    Available

    Data

    Rate (RMB/Min)

    58

    50

    China Mainland

    200M

    0.25

    88

    200

    300M

    0.19

    128

    420

    400M


    b. Local calling Package:

    Monthly Basic Rate (RMB)

    Calling time (mins)

    Available

    Data

    Rate (RMB/Min)

    Rate (Travel) (RMB/Min)

    58

    260

    China Mainland

    30M

    0.25

    0.29

    88

    480

    0.19


    c. Mzone (DongGanDiDai):

    i. Mzone Package:

    Sub Package

    Monthly Basic Rate (RMB)

    Basic Rate Covered Services

    How to register

    Message

    Calling

    10RMB messaging Package

    10

    160 messages

    --

    "Mzone10D" to

    10086

    20RMB messaging Package

    20

    360 messages

    --

    "Mzone20D" to

    10086

    10RMB calling Package

    10

    60

    messages

    20 mins

    "Mzone10L" to

    10086

    10RMB calling Package

    20

    220 messages

    20 mins

    "Mzone20L" to

    10086


    ii. Mzone Music Package:

    Sub Package

    Monthly Basic Rate (RMB)

    Basic Rate Covered Services

    Calling rate

    26RMB Music Package

    26

    160 messages

    Local rate:0.13 rmb/min

    Travel rate:0.6 rmb/min

     

    36RMB Music Package

    36

    360 messages

    46RMB Music Package

    46

    650 messages

    56RMB Music Package

    56

    950 messages


    iii. The New Mzone Chatting Package:

    Monthly Basic Rate (RMB)

    Calling rate

    Basic Rate Covered Services

    26RMB

    Local rate:0.1 rmb/min

    Travel rate:0.6 rmb/min

     

    -160 messages

    -50MB Data

    -3 hours of WLAN


    d. Easy Own (ShenZhouXing):

    i.Homeland Package (JiaYuan):

    Sub package

    Monthly Basic Rate

    Calling rate

    Limitation

    16RMB Package

    16 RMB

    Local rate:0.1 1rmb/min

    Travel rate:0.16 rmb/min

     

    Cover only Minhang, SongJiang, Baoshan,Qingpu, Fengxian,Jiading, Jinshan,and Chongming

     


    ii. Easy Own Package (ChangTing):

    Sub package

    Monthly Basic Rate

    Calling rate

    16RMB Package

    16 RMB

    0.13RMB/min

    Music Package

    16 RMB

    0.2 RMB for 1st min

    Free for 2nd min

    0.1 RMB for 3th min on

    Internet Package

    18 RMB

    Long distance calling Package

    18 RMB


    1. 3G Package:

    Monthly Basic Rate (RMB)

    Basic Rate Covered Services

    Other

    Calling time (mins)

    Data

    Messages

    Free receiving calls

    Calling rate (rmb/min)

    Data (rmb/KB)

    Video call rate (rmb/min)

    other

    46

    50

    150MB

    0

     

    0.25

    0.0003

    0.60

     

    66

    50

    300MB

    240

    0.20

    96

    240

    300MB

    0

    0.15

    126

    320

    400MB

    156

    420

    500MB

    186

    510

    650MB

    226

    700

    750MB

    286

    900

    950MB

    386

    1250

    1.3GB

    586

    1950

    2GB

    886

    3000

    3GB


    2. New Power Package (XinShiLi):

    Monthly Basic Rate (RMB)

    Basic Rate Covered Services

    Calling rate (rmb/min)

    Travel rate (rmb/min)

    10

    200 messages

    0.18

    0.60

Call overseas from china

When you get your local SIM card, you need to subscribe first from your network provider before you can call back home directly from your new SIM card. But this way turns to be very expensive. The cheapest way to call back home is to use an IP card and a landline. You can also use your IP card on your mobile with any local SIM card. An IP card costs about 20 to 25 CNY according to the shortage in the place you buy it, and every IP card has a credit of 100 CNY. Currently, the IP phone service has covered the whole country, providing international service between China and over 200 countries and regions. There will be instructions on each IP card to tell you how to make a call. You can also use IC card to make long distance calls.It works almost like IP cards but the rate for calls are usually much higher.