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Phones in China

Posted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 6:29 pm
by inbeijing
If you are traveling to China, you are probably wondering how to keep in touch with your friends and relatives. China enjoys a wide telephone network.

China has one of the most developed communication systems in the world. If you are moving there, it will not be difficult for you to keep in touch with family and friends in the country and abroad. You can choose between land line and mobile phone to make local and international phone calls. You can also use the phone of the hotel where you are staying or public phones which you can find anywhere in major Chinese cities.

Land line
Land lines have been losing their popularity in China over the past decade. Companies and other businesses use these more frequently, although most Chinese households have a land line phone. Moreover, expatriates are less likely to subscribe to a land line, especially if they are making a short stay in the country.

You can still subscribe if you are a permanent resident in China. You can visit any branch of the land line operator, for instance China Telecom, producing your identity documents as well as proof of address.

Useful links:

China Telecom en.chinatelecom.com.cn

Mobile phones
Mobile phones, especially smart phones, are becoming an essential part of everyday life in China. In early 2014, more than 220 million mobile phones were being used in the country. If you already have a mobile phone, make sure to have it unlocked by your network operator before traveling. Once in China, you will need to purchase a Chinese Sim card. You can refill your credit with prepaid cards which you can buy in all supermarkets, electronic stores and oil stations.

Good to know:

Unlocking your mobile phone will allow you to make cheaper calls than with the international roaming option.

Useful links:

China Mobile www.chinamobileltd.com
China Unicom eng.chinaunicom.com

Public phones
You can find public phones in small shops and newsstands. You will only pay for the duration of your calls, whether local or international calls. As for telephone booths, you simply cannot miss them along the streets. These usually operate with prepaid cards which you can buy in shops and supermarkets as from 30 yens.

Tips
China's country code is "0086". To make phone calls to different cities, you must dial the area code followed by your correspondent's number. To make calls abroad, you must dial "00" followed by the country code (or city and area code) and the phone number without the initial "0". Here are some examples:

United States: 001 + 1 + state code + phone number without the initial "0"
UK: 001 + 44 + area code + phone number without the initial "0"
Canada: 001 + 1 + area code + phone number without the initial "0"
Australia: 001 + 61 + area code + phone number without the initial "0"
New Zealand: 001 + 64 + area code + phone number without the initial "0".

Re: Phones in China

Posted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 2:13 pm
by Bienk
During visiting China its quite necessary to keep all these uses in mind because they do carry so much of understanding and is more like a need when it happens to be there.
This is thing you have talked of and i have found it pretty useful.