Practical Information

Mobile Phones

Mobile Phones Having a mobile phone during your stay in China can be extremely practical, especially if you are traveling on business. China has both GSM and CDMA networks, though the former is far more popular. You can bring your tri-band phone from home and it will work with the Chinese networks, though any calls you make will be considered long-distance. A cheaper option, and one that is especially attractive to people who visit frequently, is to acquire a local telephone number. To do so, simply by a SIM card, which is a telephone number, at any mobile phone store and insert it into your phone – don’t forget to replace it with your original card when you go home. Once you have a local number, purchase a prepaid calling card-they come in denominations of RMB30,50,300 and 500 – add it to your SIM card and start dialing. Prepaid cards are sold in cell phone shops, convenience stores and newsstands. Replace is needed.