How do you use your cell phone in China

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Cell Phone Use in China

China is one of the world’ most fascinating travel spots. While you’e visiting the world-famous Great Wall and exploring the gorgeous Summer Palace, you also want to make sure that you are able to use your cell phone should you experience an emergency or just eager to share your wonderful feeling with your friends. Using a cell phone in China is easy only if you follow my ways.

cell phone use when travelling in China

cell phone use when travelling in China

The correct ways to use your mobile phone in China:

  • Check with your mobile phone company what roaming arrangements do they have in China and the rates. You will probably be okay if you are on the GSM platform (AT&T Wireless, T-Mobile, Cingular, Cellular One and indigo wireless are all on the GSM platform)
  • As for the phone, you need a dual band (e.g. Sony Ericsson T28W) or triple band (e.g. Sony Ericsson T200/T300) because in North American, you use the 1900 frequency whereas in China and most of the rest of the world use 900/1800 frequencies. Your existing phone may already be capable of all three frequencies.
  • Lastly, check with your phone company to ensure that you are unlocked for international service.
  • Since you have had the right kind of cell phones that can be used in China, you can buy a SIM card, and the largest mobile service provider in China is China Mobile.



  1. Keep in mind that the voltage of electricity in China (including Hong Kong) is 220. Make sure you’ll have right a right transformer/adaptor to charge your phone. Plug types in China “A,” “I” and “G” (you may also find other types). Hong Kong uses “M” and “G” plug types.
  2. The way to save money on using your sell phone: 1) make your friend or family in your country call you back by emailing your phone number. 2) Texting them.
IP Card in China

IP Card in China

IP Card

The most inexpensive way to call your family and friends from China is using an IP card. You can buy IP cards in most shops, usually at a discount off of face value.

How to use IP card?

Pick up the phone, dial a special number, e.g. 17908 or other depends on which provider that IP card belongs to. You can find this number on the card. Then, step by step to follow the voice reminder, select language type card number + #, type pass code +# then dial number what you want.

online chatting by skype

online chatting by skype


If you are travelling with your laptop, you can communicate with your friends and family through the Skype. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free.