Prepaid SIM Card for China
*) Compared to receiving calls on your UK number roaming with a British operator.
Retaining your UK number abroad is a unique feature of HolidayPhone, not available for SIM cards sold elsewhere.
Call tariffs in China
|Voice+Data SIM||2GB Data SIM|
|Call to UK landline||1,80 ¥/min (18p)||-|
|Call to UK mobile||1,80 ¥/min (18p)||-|
|Receive calls on your British mobile phone number in China||From 0p/min (1 hour free call forwarding included. Additional call forwarding from 3p/minute)||-|
|Receive calls dialled to the Chinese SIM number||free||-|
|Mobile Internet (3G speed)||80 ¥ (£8) for 1GB or 200 ¥ (£20) for 3GB||2GB flat rate data included|
|Send text messages across the world||0,8 ¥ (8p)||-|
|Receive text messages||Free||-|
|Send text messages within China||0,15 ¥ (1,5p)||-|
|Make calls within China||0,29 ¥/min (3p)||-|
|Call travel companion also using HolidayPhone||0,29 ¥/min (3p)||-|
|Tariffs using the SIM in Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan||See tariffs in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan »||-|
Prices above include Chinese VAT (17%). The exchange rate used is 1 ¥ = 0,10 GBP
Flat Rate Mobile Internet in China
China Voice+Data SIM Card
Flat rate mobile Internet packages are available in 3G speed. A 1GB data bundle costs just 80 ¥ and is
activated through a quick text from your phone. Just make sure you have call balance available,
as the cost for the Internet package is deducted from the call balance.
If you need more than 1GB, you can choose a 3GB option for 200 ¥. The data packages are valid for 30 days (extendable).
Data SIM Card for China
The Data SIM card for China is pre-loaded with 2GB data in 3G speed and ready to use. No activation text (or topping up) is needed so it's ideal to use in your dongle/router/tablet/iPad/modem for 90 days from the start of usage.
Say goodbye to arbitrary per MB fees while travelling!
How long does 1GB data last?
This is a tough question to answer because it depends on how you use it, but for most of our customers, 1GB data is more than enough.
Typically 1GB data lasts for:
4000 emails (no attachments), plus 500 emails with attachments, plus 3000 web pages, plus 200 photos to social media sites, plus 250 hours of Google Navigation usage.
Calls between two travellers in China using HolidayPhone
The rate for calls between two travellers using HolidayPhone equals that of local calls as stated above. If you are travelling in a party, we recommend that you order HolidayPhone for all travellers, so that you can make cheap calls between each other on your trip. To achieve this, just dial the local Chinese mobile phone number provided with the SIM card.
Make calls within China and topping up call balance
The voice+data Pay As You Go SIM card for China comes with no initial call balance.
You can add top up vouchers according to your needs with your order of the
HolidayPhone SIM Card for China.
We provide 100 ¥ top up vouchers that are easily activated by entering a code directly on the phone.
We recommend that you order at least one 100 ¥ voucher with your order.
If you during your trip need additional top up, you can buy top-up vouchers in kiosks, newsstands and supermarkets across China, or on our website for digital delivery by email.
The Data-only SIM card for China does not need any call balance, as it's pre-loaded with the 2GB data service for 90 days of usage.
Using the SIM card in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan
The Prepaid China SIM Card works in China as well as in
Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. You don't need any special
Hong Kong prepaid SIM Card, or simcard for Taiwan, if you use our China simcard.
Please keep in mind that the rates are different when using the SIM card in these countries.
See tariffs in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan »
If you need data connectivity in Hong Kong, we also have dedicated data SIM cards for Hong Kong ».
The China SIM Card is valid 180 days from the last top up, so it can last forever as long as you top up at least once every 180 days.
Calling the UK from China
When calling home using your HolidayPhone China SIM card, just dial +44 and the number without the leading zero of the area code. For example: 07511 223344 becomes +44 7511 223344.
Receive calls in China
You receive inbound calls dialled to your British mobile phone number just as usual as all calls are seamlessly forwarded from the UK to your Chinese prepaid SIM card without any international roaming charges.
A Chinese mobile phone number is included, that can be used when people within China or travel companions using HolidayPhone, want to call you. There is no cost for receiving unlimited calls dialled directly to your Chinese number.
What if the call forwarding time runs out?
The HolidayPhone package includes 1 hour of free diverted calls from the UK, but you can easily add more forwarding time at a low cost when ordering your HolidayPhone package.
In case all your call forwarding time is consumed, the call forwarding feature will stop working, so you don't have to worry about us charging you any fees in arrears.
In comparision, it often costs £0.50-£3.00 per minute to receive calls roaming using a UK operator abroad, so by using HolidayPhone, you save £30-£180 for receiving 1 hour of calls on your British mobile phone number abroad.
Choose between Micro, Nano or Standard sized SIM
When ordering, you can choose to get a Micro, Nano or Standard sized SIM card.
- Standard size is used in most phones. - Micro SIM cards are used in iPhone 4/4S and a few newer phone models. - Nano SIM cards are so far only used by iPhone 5.
If you are unsure on what size you'll need, measure your current sim card.
No obligations. No hassle. Direct dial local SIMs.
All HolidayPhone SIM cards (regardless of destination) are direct dial local prepaid SIM cards meaning NO callback and much lower tariffs than using an "international SIM card".
There are no obligations, no contract and no subscription. We never charge any fees retrospectively.
If the destination country requires SIM card registration, we process the registration at the operator on your behalf ahead of your arrival, so you don't have to worry about it. All HolidayPhone SIM cards are ready to use when you arrive.
Compare our offer with competitors
HolidayPhone offers a service that is cheap and easy to use without any hassle to you.
If you compare our offer with other providers, make sure to check:
Do you get your UK calls forwarded for free, or will you be unreachable on your ordinary UK number while abroad?
Is mobile Internet / data included in the price, or available at low cost?
Is the SIM card activated and registered when you arrive, or will you have to go through that hassle yourself upon arrival?
And at last - compare the call tariffs.
Order HolidayPhone China Pay As You Go SIM card
Order HolidayPhone China Prepaid SIM card here »
You will receive the Chinese SIM card along with simple as 1-2-3 instructions posted to your home address, prior to your departure.