China SIM GSM 900

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China SIM Highlights
  • ($18 USD) starter airtime credit
  • A local cell phone number in China
  • SMS text messaging
  • No yearly contract, monthly charges or credit check

If you plan on visiting China any time soon, don’t take off without a prepaid SIM card. The China SIM card provides a simple, convenient, and affordable way for any traveler to make and receive those all-important calls while abroad.

The prepaid SIM card for China is a trouble-free option for using your existing world phone as a prepaid China cell phone while you’re in the country at a better rate than you’d pay for a China cell phone rental. The SIM chip, combined with an unlocked GSM World cell phone, helps you keep the lines of communication open without being burdened by high international roaming surcharges applicable when you use your “home” SIM card abroad. You’ll also enjoy the benefit of $18 USD of starter airtime credit, SMS text messaging, and a local cell phone number in China. What’s more, you’ll have 24 hour a day access to customer service simply by dialing 02152955023 or 13901668399 from your China cellular phone. No yearly contract, monthly charges, or credit check is involved.

Your China SIM Card will require a SIM-unlocked GSM cell phone that supports the 900 frequency. If you do not have your own international cell phone, we have several models available for your consideration. Please click here for more information.

Airtime Rates

Domestic calls

Domestic calling rates are charged per minute for outgoing calls within China from your local China SIM card.

  Airtime Rate
Local Incoming Calls YUAN 0.6 (US$0.09)
Long Distance Incoming Calls YUAN 1.19 (US$0.17)
Local Outgoing Calls YUAN 0.6 (US$0.09)
Long Distance Outgoing Calls YUAN 1.19 (US$0.17)

All rates are per minute.

SMS text messages are US$0.17 per message.


International calls

All international outgoing calls using your China SIM card and cell phone with the exception of Taiwan are charged at a flat per minute rate with your China SIM card. All international incoming calls are charged at a flat of $0.19 USD per minute regardless of where a call originates.

Call Type Airtime Rate
All incoming Calls

YUAN 1.19 (US$0.17)

Calls to Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan YUAN 2.8 (US$0.35)
International with Direct Dial* YUAN 8.8 (US$1.10)
International with IP 17951** YUAN 5.4 (US$0.67)

All rates are per minute.

*Standard direct dial calls are 00 + country code + phone number from your China cellular phone. As an example to call Telestial from China you would dial 0018582742686.

**Like a standard call but add 17951. As an example to call Telestial from China you would dial 179510018582742686. Your call will be routed using an IP over the internet and call quality may be affected.

SMS text messages are US$0.17 per message.

Adding Airtime

You can conveniently add airtime credit to your China prepaid SIM card over the phone by caling 1 400 820 0293, between the hours of 7:30 AM and 6:30 PM (China Time).

To recharge manually, please

  • Purchase a China Mobile recharge card
  • Scratch off the protective layer to reveal your recharge voucher code
  • Dial 13800138000 from your mobile phone
  • Press 1 for English voice prompts
  • Press 1 to recharge your account
  • When prompted, enter the 18-digit recharge voucher code
  • The voice prompt will confirm your recharge

Service Life

If you do not recharge your account within the initial activity period of 24 months, your China prepaid SIM card will expire and all remaining airtime credit will be forfeit. The service life of your China prepaid SIM card may be extended indefinitely by purchasing and recharging airtime which, depending on their denomination, will provide a service life extension and all subsequent airtime credit will be carried over into the next validity period.


Voucher Value Validity Period
RMB 50 (US$6)

90 days

RMB 100 (US$12) 180 days
RMB 300 (US$38) 360 days
RMB 500 (US$60) 360 days


If the remaining airtime credit on your China SIM card drops below RMB 10, 60 seconds after connecting a call you will hear a beep as a warning and/or the call will disconnect immediately if there is no value remaining. China mobile will not print out phone charges. Customers can only check their remaining value by calling 13800138000.

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