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Prepaid SIM Cards at HK Airport 7-11

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Decided to take a trip out to Hong Kong Airport and help all of you visitors to Hong Kong, and see which prepaid SIM cards are actually available for sale there. The easiest place to buy SIM cards is in the arrivals hall of Terminal 1. In the smack middle next to HSBC is a Seven Eleven 7-11 where they carry SIM cards you can pop into your unlocked phone. The cards are available behind the cashier so you’ll need to wait in line and ask the cashier to pull it out.

hong kong airport 7-11

Otherwise, there’s also a Circle K and 7-11 in Terminal 2 where you can find prepaid SIM cards. Terminal 2 is about a 5 minute walk from arrivals, just go towards the Airport Express and walk under the tracks to the other side.

On the day I went to the airport 7-11 there were these four prepaid SIM cards shown below, only PCCW and China Mobile brands:

711 hk sim cards

The two left ones are available in micro and nano-SIM size, while the two right ones were only available in micro-SIM size. Most people are probably more concerned with data rather than actual calling these days, so I’ll highlight the data access charges for each card and you can read my recommendation below.

Don’t get unlimited wifi mixed up with unlimited mobile data. Yea, it’s unlimited wifi, but keep in mind you have to be at a wifi point and at a standstill. On the plus side, there are many PCCW wifi points scattered throughout Hong Kong.

Top Left (micro & nano): $80 China Mobile 4G/3G Data & Voice Prepaid SIM Card

$78 useable value, valid for $180 days

 4G/3G Local Data Package

  • 200MB
  • 1GB
  • 1.5GB(5 days)
  • 1GB Local Data Package
    (Maximum local data access speed reaches up to 14.4Mbps.)15,20,21,22,23,24,26
  • 3G Lite Unlimated Data Package^,23,24,25,26
    ^Maximum local data access speed will be reached up to 384kbps.Tethering and P2P application (incl. BT) will not be supported. It’s only applicable to handset use, but not device with screen over7″.
  • $50
  • $148
  • $48

 

  • $68/10 days

 

  • $30/10 days

Bottom Left (micro & nano): $98 csl All in One rechargeable SIM card

Tidbit: CSL is sold to HK Telecom a subsidiary of PCCW, so PCCW and CSL will eventually merge into one brand I suspect.Top Right

Local data

1-Day-Pass  $18 / 1.2GB~

3-Day-Pass  $38 / 2GB~

7-Day-Pass  $68 / 3GB~

Top Right (micro-SIM only): $60 China Mobile IDD Talk Stored Value SIM Card

Data is only 2G speed here, but good if you only want basic data to check e-mails, instant messaging, etc.

Mobile Data Service

  • Local mobile Data Service13,19
  • Mobile Data Package15,19
  • 1-Day Package
  • 7-Day Package
  • 30-day package10
  • $1.5/MB
  • $9
  • $18
  • $38

Bottom Right (micro-SIM only): $69 csl Discover Hong Kong Tourist SIM card

Face value

$69

Speed

3G

5 / 8 day pass2

First 5 days service

Local data

1.5GB

Local voice call

Unlimited

csl Wi-Fi

Unlimited

Usable value

HK$25

 

It’s a bit of a toss up on which card is the best. It really depends on how long you will be in Hong Kong and how fast and how much data you’ll be using. For myself, I usually want a decent amount of data but it doesn’t have to be that fast, as long as I can load maps, e-mails, access whatsapp, etc.

Recommendation for Nano-SIM Card users:

Pick the first two China Mobile or csl card based on your length of stay. If you need data for a consecutive 5 days, pick China Mobile since they have a 5 day plan. Otherwise go with csl with the 1, 3, and 7 day plans.

Recommendation for Micro-SIM card users:

If you are in HK more than 5 days, don’t even consider the Discover Hong Kong tourist card since that’ll expire within 5 days. But if you are here for about 4/5 days it could be good with all of the unlimited local calling, wifi, and 1.5 GB of data. Just keep in mind that usable value on the card is only $25 so you will only get about 55 minutes of IDD calling. 

Otherwise I’d probably pick the $98 csl all in one rechargable card since I can select which data pass I want.

Update November 2014: If you are looking to have this card in your hands before you arrive in HK, or afraid the card might be out of stock, you can purchase it from our partners at Hong Kong SIM Card, and have it delivered to your address outside of HK.

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  • Hello,

    Ill be on HK for about a week and was wondering if 1.5 gb will be enough data for GPS use? Is there a plan where I can just buy data?

    I have a phone that will work in HK, but it will be slow, so Ill have 2 phones one for GPS and one for personal use.

    would 1.5 GB be enough to use as a GPS to walk around HK for a week?

  • hello! if i buy a 1 day simcard at hongkong airport can i use it in china? i want this card to tell a frined i arrived and when i take the bus to Guangzhou and whn i arrive to her place! does the simcard work? thank you!

  • Hi, i got a pocket wifi router, which jus need a data roaming sim card, where can i get this?? i will be in HKG/PRC/MACAU for 11 days, which card will be the best?? pls advise

  • Hi, your blog is very helpful and informative. It has helped me a lot when I was preparing for my HKG trip in early Nov for a 7day stay. Now, i have a question about the 5-day pass. If the 5day is up, can i top-up just for a day? Is there any data package for one day? Thanks so much.

  • Great information. I am planning for a HK trip for 7D6N. In between I will be visiting Macau and Shenzhen from day 2-4 will be out. A 5-day plan will not work for me. Am I right to say the best plan will be $80 China Mobile? What’s the difference between the $30 and $68 for 10 days plan? Thanks HKTravelBlog

  • Hi I am goin to hongkong for 8 days and using android phone what u think it’s best SIM card to get that I can used for internet get on to viber or or just a local mobile calls ?

  • Hi, I’m going to Hong Kong next month August for 6 day 5 night. What I need is; local call, international call and data. Which one is better for me? Thanks in advance. 🙂

  • Hi, I am going to start working in China for a long term of period. I will arrive at HK Airport first before I go to China. I would like to know whether I can get any China Sim Card in the airport. Thank you.

    • You can’t get any CHINA only sim cards in HK. Those are only sold on mainland. You can get the cards that work in both HK and China in HK. But if you won’t be coming to HK much, better to probably buy a card in China.

  • Hi! Good Day! I’ll be travelling with my baby and husband to on august 1 to 3 we always want to update our IG so we are more on the internet/3G , with calls but within HK Calls only .. Which is better to buy? We will stay there for 3 days Thanks …

    • Hi EKay,

      I’d probably choose the China Mobile $80 card. It has both voice minutes and data for when you need it. You can also top up and add value if you should run out during the 3 weeks. Enjoy your visit!

  • Hi there! This is really helpful, thank you so much!! I’ll be staying for 3 weeks and mainly concerned about data and perhaps a few local texts. Do you think it’s right to use the top left one and recharge the 3G Lite Unlimited Data Package twice with the usable value?

  • i be in schenzen for one day and will need data, is there a card i can pick from airport specifically to be used in schenzen
    thanks

      • If you plan on using the card in China, most of the ones at 711 aren’t going to be for you, they’re for local use primarily. You’ll incur expensive roaming fees if used in mainland.

        You can try the cross border sim card which you can buy after arriving in HK, or here.

  • Hi! For $98 CSL nano sim, does it means if I would like to pick the $68 7day pass, $68 will be deducted from the sim stored value?
    Unlike china mobile, CSL sim can support tethering & be used on iPad? Thanks!

    • Yes, if there is $98 value then $68 deducted will be $30 left for other services like voice calls and SMS. Just note, some cards may cost $XX but the actual stored value is less. So read all marketing information before buying.

      I believe it can be used for tethering, but best to double check with CSL or maybe someone here can advise if they’ve tried before.

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