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Which prepaid phone plan that works in China

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Dec 5, 2006
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Which prepaid phone plan that works in China

I have a family member who will go to China and stay there for awhile. Eventually he will buy a phone and plan in China. Before he leaves here, he will cancel his postpaid phone here

But he will need quarantine for 2 weeks right after he get off plane and he might need a phone. If he get a prepaid plan in Canada say Fido, could he use it in China?

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Nov 28, 2013
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I don't know if any Canadian prepaid carriers have roaming at all, never mind to China. If he has a phone with e-sim capabilities, though, he could buy an e-sim for China online, here: https://esimdb.com/china
Last edited by wearysky on Sep 1st, 2021 10:51 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Nov 14, 2003
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Most Canadian prepaid services do not work outside of Canada. If they did, it wouldn't be cheap. They only need data because they can use WeChat. The hotel probably has wifi, but it may be good to get a sim in case there is no wifi.

They should buy a sim in Canada that works in China before leaving Canada. Amazon has some that will work in China.

I have this one,

https://www.amazon.com/China-Local-Call ... 06XXDQVZH/

Unfortunately it looks like it's not for sale any longer in Canada or the US. There may be similar services.
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May 17, 2008
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Buy a couple HK sim cards at eBay, two cards should be able to last a couple of weeks and you have access to any websites because they bypass the mainland firewall.