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Last week I blogged about an unlimited data plan for HK residents. Today’s post is about prepaid SIM cards for visitors and tourists.
All of Hong Kong’s mobile phone companies have prepaid SIM cards available for purchase at their stores, at 7-Eleven, or Circle K. If you are arriving at Hong Kong International Airport, there’s a 7-11 in the center of the arrivals terminal where you can purchase SIM cards as long as they’re in stock.
Before smartphones, it didn’t matter which company you chose as pricing was similar. However, if you need unlimited data, one2free has the best pricing.
Update March 11, 2014: Check out my latest review of the PCCW prepaid sim cards, which offers a 7 day tourist card as well.
Update November 2014: If you are looking to have this card in your hands before you arrive in HK, you can purchase it from our partners at Hong Kong SIM Card, and have it delivered to your address outside of HK.
You can purchase the one2free mobile broadband prepaid SIM card to make voice calls and use data, pricing details below:
|one2free mobile prepaid SIM card Data Service|
|30-Day Pass – 3GB Highspeed (over 3GB lower priority, unlimited data)|
$148/ 30 Days
|30-Day Pass – 5GB Highspeed (over 5GB lower priority, unlimited data)|
$258/ 30 Days
|Hourly Pass Unlimited Data|
$8 / Hour
|Day Pass Unlimited Data|
$28 / Day
|7-Day Pass Unlimited Data|
$78 / 7 Days
The card comes with $100 loaded, and you can add money to the card. Easiest way is at the on2free store or online. Currently there’s a bonus for recharging.
Recharge(in a single transaction)
|Extra Bonus Value|
HK$300 or above
As you can see, if you are here for less than 14 days the $78/7 days unlimited data option is cheapest, while any stay over 14 days the $148 30 day pass is best.
Don’t worry about the bandwidth limitation, one2free says “Your priority to access the network will be lowered and your experience may be affected when the network is busy. one2free complies with OFTA’s Guidelines for the Implementation of Fair Usage Policy for the Provision of Mobile and Fixed Broadband Services and will not at any time cap your data access speed below 128kbps.”
Here’s other details:
|Local Call||$0.3/ min|
|Video Call||Intra-network $1 / min|
|Inter-network $2 / min|
|Call Forward||$0.3 / forwarded min|
|Caller ID Display||Free|
|Local SMS||$0.8 / SMS|
(sent from HK)
|$3 / SMS|
|Mobile Service Licence and Administration Fee||Free|
|Validity period of one2free|
Mobile Broadband Prepaid SIM Card
|Maximum stored-value limit||$5,000|