If you are coming to China for travel, work, or living — and you are a self respecting citizen of our modern world — then you will need a China SIM card in order to stay connected to the web through your mobile phone and to make calls (or SMS text messages, but I don’t know anybody who still uses SMS now in the days of Facebook messenger, Whatsapp, LINE, We Chat, and Kakao Talk).You will also probably want to get a VPN for China so you can connect to Facebook, Google, and Youtube.Network: China Telecom uses a CDMA network which is incompatible with virtually all phones purchased outside China. It has 4G / HSPA that works with international mobile phones and the coverage is almost as good as the leader, China Mobile.

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A China VPN service will offer apps for your computer and smartphone that will allow you to get around the censored internet while in China.

However, many VPNs don’t work well in China and can be agonizingly slow.

I like to be flexible so I tend to stay away from contracts. Usually monthly service subscriptions (or “set meals” — the literal translation from Chinese) mean every month your account balance will be deducted a set fee, depending on what package you subscribed to.

Note: This is pre-paid at the beginning of your service month. A VPN will be necessary when you are travelling or living in China since most everything (gmail, google, youtube, facebook, instagram) is blocked in the Mainland (Hong Kong is unblocked).

As in most Asian countries that I have travelled to, it is usually a breeze to get a pre-paid SIM card.

They are cheap, easy to recharge credits, and you can get connected in virtually a couple minutes.Since I do all my work on the internet, I NEED to have a fast connection.A mobile phone, known as a cell phone in North America, is a portable telephone that can make and receive calls over a radio frequency link while the user is moving within a telephone service area.For this you will need a bank card linked to your We Chat or some funds in your We Chat account (lucky money! You could also ask a Chinese friend to help you out with this, since any Wechat / Alipay account can be used to top up any phone number (just type it in and pay).Data refills usually go for about 21 RMB for 1 GB of data.For the more technically savvy, you can use Taobao (or ask a Chinese friend) to add credit to your SIM card. The best option for topping up your SIM card is to use We Chat / Alipay.