Smartone $68 and New World Mobility $60 unlimited data plans
This option is great for both HK residents who don’t require high speed data, and visitors to HK.
Update Oct 2014: Note the $68 is no longer available and now $78. See details.
Smartone recently introduced a $68 plan (+$12 MTR fee) for UNLIMITED 3G data and 1700 voice minutes. Certainly more than enough for probably 99% of visitors to HK. The catch, it’s a limited speed of 384 kbps, which is certainly speedy for web surfing and emails. Just don’t be expecting to stream youtube videos smoothly. The best part, there’s NO contract and you get to select your own phone number vs a random one from the prepaid SIM cards.
New World Mobility also has a plan for $60 + $12 MTR fee but they require at least a 12 month contract to be signed. I don’t think that’s worth it to save $8, but if you’re interested here’s the link.
For residents who don’t require super-high speed internet for streaming I think this is ideal and suggest you sign up before they pull the plug.
I know a lot of visitors who come have questions regarding pre-paid SIM cards and such, and usually they’re pretty cheap if you buy them from 7-11 at the airport. No ID is required, it’s inexpensive enough for a few days usage, and some SIM cards include data (usually more expensive.) Alternatively, if you plan to be here awhile, you can sign up for a monthly plan without a contract.
The main drawback for visitors to doing this is that generally the following is required, so if you have any friends or family in HK I’d suggest to place the number under their name since you will HKID and address proof. You can just cancel it right before you leave in case they’re worried you won’t pay them back, lol.
- Address proof (any bank statement, phone bill within 3 months)
- Credit card for autopay
Overall this is a great affordable way to gain access to voice and data in HK for very cheap, as long as you can find someone with a HKID to sign up for you. (I know this post wasn’t really travel related, but it kind of is.)