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Cell Phone Usage

All four major wireless operators (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon) provide international roaming in China, which can be high-priced. To avoid the international roaming charge, you can buy a local SIM card in China, if your cell phone is GSM technology based and unlocked. Please contact your phone manufacturer and provider for more information.

Three kinds of SIM cards are available: China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom. Choose one and you will be given a list of numbers to choose as your cell phone number. You can get a SIM card at any cell phone shop with a copy of your ID. Usually, a new SIM card user is required to install a certain amount of money (100 RMB for example) on the card. You can add money to the SIM card by visiting a store run by your wireless carrier, or purchase a prepaid card in local shops.

After you activate the national roaming service, most of the SIM cards in China are capable of nationwide usage. To make international calls, the international calling service needs to be activated at your wireless supplierís service center.

Major Chinese wireless suppliers help hot lines:
* China Mobile: 10086 (24 hours service)
* China Unicom: 10010 (24 hours service)
* China Telecom: 10000 (24 hours service)

Landline Telephone Service in China
Phone booths and other public telephones can be found on the roadside and in hotels, railway stations, airports, and other public places.

Often times, the five-star and the four-star hotels provide free local calls using the telephone in your room, while international and long distance calls may be charged according to the rate of the carrier.

Fax machines and scan services are available in many places, including your hotelís business center.


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