Network Test between China Mobile and China Unicom
When it comes to reception and coverage of the signal area, it’s always a hot debate between Unicom and China Mobile. Usually Unicom is a bit cheaper than China Mobile rates but what’s important is the network quality.
When you are in the city center coverage area, both are equally pretty good unless you live in a high building on one of the top floors, then signals gets bad. Whereas in suburbs Unicom usually gives better coverage as they have more cell towers. On the highways, China Mobile is the best hands down. Thus being said, China Unicom 3G would be the best option for IPhones and Samsung and other phones depended heavily on 3G
Mobile contracts are not common in China, so it is easier to simply buy a SIM card and buy airtime.
This said; let’s have a look at the top mobile carriers in China.
Plans & Prices in China with China Mobile
In first position we’ve got China Mobile, which is not only China’s, but the world’s largest mobile operator, by both number of subscribers (over 703 million by the end of 2012) and revenue (with $16.7 billion earned in 2012). State-owned, as are most of China’s telecom companies, the Beijing-based carrier provides voice and multimedia services, and operates in both 3G and 4G networks. They have some of their top-rated smartphones available like Sony Xperia Z, Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE, Nokia Lumia 920, LG Optimus G, HTC One SV etc. These are all available at $0 cost, applicable to users subscribing a 24-month contract for plans of $38/month or above (plus other conditions that may apply):
Plans & Prices in China with China Unicom
China Unicom is China’s second largest telecommunications company, and it ranks 6th in the world’s telecom companies chart by revenue (with more than $5 million in 2012). It has 219.25 million connections, which amounts for 25% of China’s market. China Unicom offers mobile phone, fixed-line, broadband multimedia, IP telephony and value-added services. It merged with China Netcom in October 2008 and established as the third largest company in China ever since. Unicom’s most demanded smartphones available at $0 cost applicable to users with different subscription methods like iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S III, Huawei Ascend G600:
Plans & Prices in China with China Telecom
China Telecom is the third largest telecommunications company in China. The company provides fixed line and Personal Handy-Phone System (PHS) to its 160.62 million users worldwide by the end of 2012, and is the 10th company in the world by revenue. It also has the largest WiFi wireless broadband network, with more than 30,000 facilities in over 250 cities in China. Telecom’s most demanded smartphones available at $0 cost applicable to users with different subscription methods like iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, Nokia Lumia etc.
Intrinsic characteristics of the phone number itself: Chinese can often be rather superstitious especially when it comes to numbers. 8 is considered to be a lucky number because its pronunciation, 'ba1', sounds like 'fa1', which has the meaning of becoming rich. So the more eights are in the number, the more you will pay. 4 is considered to be a bad number so the more 4s you have in your number, the cheaper you can get. One and Four is 'yao1si4' which sounds like 'yao4si3', or 'I want to die'.
Everywhere and anywhere you can buy cell phone cards, usually for 50 kuai plus one or two kuai so the little store selling them makes a profit. I think it's the fastest and most convenient way to pay your phone bill.
Mobile phone shops available everywhere however the main shops with most varieties are over at Anshanxidao and Baidilu corner area with BuyNow, Ego, Cybermart etc. check here for more info: