Smartone $88 ($106) Unlimited Data Plan

We previously featured this data plan and it remains a popular one despite price increases far in excess of inflation. The price is now advertised as $88 but Smartone adds a gratuitous “admin fee” of $18 (sneakily buried in the terms and conditions on its website) so the actual price is $106. It’s a SIM only plan so you need to use your own phone. It’s a twelve month contract – if you’re just looking for a SIM for a visit to Hong Kong, check out our post on tourist SIM cards.

I’ve been using this plan for a while and it’s fine for simple data usage and voice calls. Messaging apps work fine, Internet usage feels a bit slow though I tend to find that in general on Hong Kong mobile networks despite their claims to the contrary. It tends not to be good enough to watch videos without buffering and file transfer is slow. Although the plan claims not to support tethering, tethering works fine on my unlocked Blackberry. Reception is pretty good throughout Hong Kong, in as far as any of the carriers are.

My contract is coming up for renewal and the sales assistants in the Smartone shop have told me that if I renew I will get the data speed doubled.

Here are all the details:

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GoodCare Smartphone Plan at a monthly fee of HK$88:

  • This plan is not applicable to 2G phones/ connected devices or any phones/ connected devices which have manually opted for 2G network.
  • This plan does not support any web browsing in desktop mode via any mobile browser.
  • Customers are required monthly settlement by credit card autopay and 12-month contract.
  • X-Power and HR Wide are not available on this plan. Please ask our store assistants for details.

Flexi-switch For Designated Service Plans:

  • Only applicable to new customers or existing customers with a new line subscription to a designated Service Plan.
  • Flexi-switch allows customers to change to another designated Service Plan (“Switch”) once within the first 3 months from the date of activation of the service subscription under the contract made prior to the Switch (“Pre-Switch Contract”).
  • When the customer changes to a designated Service Plan under Flexi-switch (“Switch Contract”), the customer shall use the designated Service Plan for the remaining period of the Switch Contract (“Switch Contract Term”).
  • The applicable GoodCare Smartphone Plan for Flexi-switch includes GoodCare Smartphone Plan at a monthly fee of HK$88 only. Other GoodCare Smartphone Plans are not applicable for Flexi-switch.
  • (if applicable) FUP Unlimited Data Plan:

If the Pre-Switch Contract carries a FUP Unlimited Data Plan but the Customer is not entitled to a FUP Unlimited Data Plan under the Switch Contract, the FUP Unlimited Data Plan under the Pre-Switch Contract will be automatically cancelled and the Customer will not be entitled to the FUP Unlimited Data Plan during the Switch Contract Term.

  • (if applicable) The selected services, rebates, extra local data and airtime offers and the special offers entitlements (including, but not limited to, quotas of Customer Smartphone and Tablet offer, SuperCare Unbundled Smartphone Plan’s designated smartphones and tablets at Unbundled Prices, accessories coupons and premium) of the Pre-Switch Contract will be superseded by the Switch Contract which the customer has changed to under Flexi-switch.
  • Our company reserves the right of final decision related to these offers and to change the Terms & Conditions without prior notice. Subject to relevant terms and conditions. Please refer to T&C-T251 for details.

GoodCare Smartphone Plan at a monthly fee of HK$68:

  • The service plan includes 1,000 basic voice minutes during the contract period.
  • 12-month contract is required.
  • Local data charge: HK$10/5MB, capped at HK$680/month
  • X-Power and HR Wide are not available on this plan. Please ask our store assistants for details.

Cash Bonus:

  • Subscription to any Smartphone Plan / Connected Device Plan with the registration of ST Fibre Broadband under the same account Or subscription to any HomePhone+ with the registration of ST Fibre Broadband under the same HKID is required.
  • ST Fibre Broadband monthly cash bonus of HK$20 is available to net off the Standard Price of ST Fibre Broadband Service Plans. For details of ST Fibre Broadband Service Plans and other information, please refer to our website.
  • Additionally, the respective Smartphone Plan / Connected Device Plan / HomePhone+ must be active on the bill date of the ST Fibre Broadband in order to enjoy the cash bonus.

General Terms and Conditions:

  • GoodCare Smartphone Plans are not applicable to other connected devices (including but not limited to USB modem/ pocket WiFi/ TV box/ BlackBerry smartphones with BlackBerry 7 OS and earlier versions). If the customer uses this plan on other connected devices, 2G phones/ connected devices or any phones/ connected devices which have manually opted for 2G network, any charges which may incur will be borne by the customer. Actual data transmission speed may vary due to Internet traffic conditions, local conditions, hardware, software and other conditions which may arise.
  • Customers are required to pay an admin fee of HK$18/month.
  • Additional voice minutes charge HK$0.9/min.
  • Call duration is rounded up to full charge units for computation purposes. Each full charge unit is based on a per minute airtime charge.
  • Free intra SMS is available when using a phone to send local SMS to SmarTone customers.
  • Roaming charge & standard roaming data charge apply when roaming. Please ask our store assistants or visit our website for details.
  • The minimum roaming data charging unit is 1KB. Usage under 1KB will be rounded up to the nearest 1KB.
  • All customers can enjoy a deposit waiver on 001 IDD , 1638 IDD and International Roaming Services.
  • The above offers cannot be used in conjunction with other promotional offers.
  • All listed prices and / or promotional offers are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Subject to relevant terms and conditions.

Full details on Smartone’s website.

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