China Prepaid SIM Card Comparison

Headed up to China for a visit? Be sure to pick-up your SIM card in Hong Kong before leaving. It’s a huge hassle to get a SIM in mainland, not to mention they require identification, whereas in HK they don’t. Do you really want the Chinese government knowing who you are and snooping more than they already do?

If you can’t pick it up in HK, you can purchase it online via our partner HKSIMCard.com.

There used to be dual-number SIM cards which would provide you with phone number in both China and HK, however I believe the contracts between the two countries have changed, so now those offerings are being discontinued. You can get a traditional voice/data card with HK number, but you’ll essentially be roaming once across the border.

The carriers basically offer data only prepaid SIMs, but you can always call people using Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp, etc. So you don’t really need a voice number anymore.

There’s three national carriers in China, but only two have outlets in HK, so we’ll focus primarily on their selections.

Voice and Data

4G/3G Data & Voice Roaming Prepaid SIM Card: China Mobile

  • Provides a HK phone number
  • Roaming in China is reasonable at $1.9 HK/min for calls to HK or China
  • Various Data Plans to suit your needs

Cost $108: purchase at China Mobile HK store. Might be able to find at convenience stores such as 7-11 or CircleK.

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China-HK-Mcau Travel SIM Card: csl

  • Voice and Data plans
  • Better choice for local HK use.
  • Recommended only for very light usage in China, above China Mobile card is better for China usage.

Cost $218: purchase at csl mobile stores.

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Data Only

  • 1.5 GB of data allowance over 10 days between HK and China
  • Refillable at $100 for another 1 GB over 10 days
Cost $108: purchase at China Mobile HK store. Might be able to find at convenience stores such as 7-11 or CircleK.

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China Unicom has a few different data SIM cards for your selection. Stores can be hard to find, a list in Chinese is at the bottom of this page. CU carries a 7 day 1 GB card, but the China Mobile one above is better so I haven’t listed it below.

Guangdong & HK 90 Days 3GB: China Unicom

  • Name says it all. Good if you are staying only in Guangdong province and HK.
  • Refill at $200 HKD for additional 3GB.

Cost $299: purchase at China Unicom stores.

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30 day version comes with 1 GB and costs $129 HK

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Greater China 30 days 1 GB: China Unicom

  • Roaming between China, HK, Taiwan, and Macau.
  • Data allowance can be refilled at $150 / 1GB

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Cost $199: purchase at China Unicom stores.

China Unicom HK Store Locations

  中環  銅鑼灣
中環域多利皇后街2號地下銅鑼灣怡和街16號地下 (近許留山)
星期一至六09:30-20:00
假日11:00-20:00
星期一至日10:30-22:00
(852) 2515 1611(852) 2351 1623
(852) 2515 1622(852) 2351 1626
  灣仔  香港仔
灣仔莊士敦道176號地下B號舖香港仔東勝道2號地下A1及A3號舖
星期一至日10:00-21:00星期一至日10:30-21:00
(852) 2892 2488(852) 2725 3218
(852) 2892 2428(852) 2725 3220
  北角  暫不提供 iPhone銷售  西灣河
炮台山英皇道260號怡安中心地下G23A舖西灣河筲箕灣道33-55號麗灣大廈地下J1號舖
星期一至日10:30-20:30星期一至日10:30-21:30
(852) 2887 0028(852) 2567 2181
(852) 2887 1858(852) 2567 2120
  尖沙咀  深水埗
尖沙咀金馬倫道7-7B號地下A2舖深水埗福華街132-134號地下C2B及D1舖
星期一至六10:30-22:00
假日11:00-22:00
星期一至六10:00-22:00
假日11:00-22:00
(852) 2320 6331(852) 2320 3298
(852) 2320 6190(852) 2320 3331
  旺角  將軍澳新都城
旺角西洋菜街南1A-1K百寶利商業中心地下8號舖將軍澳新都城2期高層地下UG062-63號舖
星期一至日10:30-22:30星期一至日11:00-22:00
(852) 2388 5017(852) 2806 8302
(852) 2388 5012(852) 2806 8310
  鑽石山  將軍澳厚德
鑽石山荷里活廣場2樓232號舖將軍澳常寧路2號厚德邨TKO Gateway 東翼一樓E144-E145舖
星期一至日11:00-22:00星期一至日11:00-22:00
(852) 2321 7378(852) 2628 6766
(852) 2321 7729(852) 2628 3613
  觀塘  暫不提供 iPhone銷售  紅磡
觀塘成業街7號東廣場地下53號舖紅磡德民街2號黃埔新邨地下1A舖
星期一至六、假期10:30-20:30
星期日休息
星期一至日10:00-21:00
(852) 2344 2288(852) 2956 2868
(852) 2344 2200(852) 2956 2818
  上水  屯門
上水智昌路3號上水中心購物商場2樓2027號舖屯門市廣場(二期)1樓38B號舖
星期一至日10:30-21:00星期一至日10:00-21:00
(852) 2671 1088(852) 2449 3828
(852) 2671 1177(852) 2449 3898
  元朗  葵芳
元朗教育路3-7號富好大廈地下1號舖葵芳葵涌廣場2樓118B及C號舖
星期一至日10:00-21:00星期一至日11:00-22:00
(852) 2811 2871(852) 2360 0332
(852) 2811 2870(852) 2360 0378
  荃灣南豐中心  荃灣千色匯
荃灣南豐中心1樓A073號舖荃灣千色匯I 2樓2043號舖
星期一至日11:00-21:00星期一至日11:00-21:30
(852) 2405 6738(852) 2603 6162
(852) 2405 6718(852) 2603 6612
  沙田  大埔
沙田正街21-27號沙田廣場3樓25E2號舖大埔安慈路4號昌運中心地下36號舖
星期一至日10:00-22:00星期一至日10:30-21:30
(852) 2693 3866(852) 2703 9688
(852) 2693 3869(852) 2703 9622
  馬鞍山
馬鞍山西沙路628號新港城中心(四期)2樓2204號舖
星期一至日10:30-21:30
(852) 2871 9118
(852) 2871 9908

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