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How to make a phone call in China?

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1. Posted by Iphone (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

I am planning to go to Beijing next month. I want to know is it easy to find a telephone booth or something like that on the street in China and whether my mobile phone will work there? thanks~

2. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 8y

Can't remember much about the frequency of presence of public phones but they're definitely around in Beijing, especially in the tourist areas. Regarding your mobile, you gotta check with your own telco. When I was there last year mobiles from Serbia and Egypt has no network and didn't work at all.

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4. Posted by Makalu (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y

Of couse, there are many telephone booth on most of streets. but the problem is that you have to buy a IC card for 50 yuan or 30 yuan to pay for the fee of call.

I think the best way for convenience is to buy a cell phone card, China Mobile's network is GSM, and the Union netwok is CDMA. there is no 3G net in China. Clearing your sell phone type for choose the right sevice company.

5. Posted by floraxch (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Agree with 4#.And also in hotels,they ususally have public phone for guests,it is easy to call in China.

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7. Posted by ming88 (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y


u r malaysian ? and using wat number ? and is line d or prepaid ?

8. Posted by Paul3879 (Respected Member 212 posts) 8y

They call them IP phones and you will see them everywhere in China, you can make international calls to wherever you like and most of them are open 24 hours per day. If you want to make cheep calls (and depending on where in the world you are calling the cheepest time is after 11pm at night
If I call my parents "land line phone" from China (they are in the UK) it will cost me about 50RMB ($6) for 15 minutes.
Depending on how long you will be in China, you could always buy a chinese sim card for your mobile they cost 100 RMB. Then you could buy an IP card and phone home using your mobile and you can SMS of course.

9. Posted by ration (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y

Telephone booths are widely available on main streets. They don't take coins but IC cards. There're also lots of newspaper booths where man-operated pay-phones are also available. You pay the exact amount to the operator after use. Cell phone SIM cards are sold there too. Alternatively, renting a cell phone is a good choice. You can google "cell phone rental China" or "cell phone rental Beijing" and you will have plenty of choices.

10. Posted by Jennyyore (Budding Member 66 posts) 7y

I was In China 2004 my mobile worked, all messages etc got through to England.