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Best location for buying SIM CARDS in Beijing

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1. Posted by sandy456 (Full Member 213 posts) 10y

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Best location for buying SIM CARDS in Beijing

Where is the best place to buy a standard China-wide SIM CARD (operational in Beijing, Shanghai and other major centers)?

In BKK, I paid 40RMB for my SIM CARD. It did the job, though during evenings, there was always a temproray network block on some calls. I know some cards are better than others.

I'm looking for the cheapie.

Where can i pick it up in Beijing? How much does it cost here?

I have a Tri band GSM phone from Thailand. Hope that's ok in China.

2. Posted by daphnemaia (Full Member 155 posts) 9y

the one with the best coverage / reception is probably china-mobile. u can get it at many stores - telecommunication stores, makeshift hp shops, convenience shops, hotel lobbies.

another popular choice is CNC.

it's not expensive. the prepaid cards come in various denominations, depending on how heavy a user you are. it is hassle-free to obtain a SIM card here. u only need ur passport with you. prices are standard and the value n cost of the card is listed on the packaging.

global text messaging is kinda expensive by my standards - it costs RMB 1 per global text message.

dual band or tri-band phones are fine. i've used several brands - nokia, sony ericsson, sharp/vodafone. none seem to have problems with the SIM card.

3. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

it is hassle-free to obtain a SIM card here. u only need ur passport with

Not neccessarilly. I've twice bought Chinese sim cards just by turning up at a kiosk and buying. Didn't ask my name or need any ID. The second one was on one of the University campuses in the North of the city, and neither time did i use a normal phone shop.

HOWEVER - the big thing is to make sure that you get a card that works nationwide. A large number of cards work nationwide, but can't actually be topped up outside of the area that you buy them in, whilst a few only work within the local-ish area as well. Having a local/Chinese speaking person who can translate to make sure you get what you want is a major bonus!