Plans & Prices in China with China Telecom
China is the first country in mobile penetration with its more than 1 million subscribers, which amounts to 76% of its population. Being an extensive country, mobile phones in China are adscribed to one city which is considered the phones ‘hometown’, so outside that city roaming charges will apply, although these are usually free of charge in China. The mobile standard used is GSM, so you must use a GSM phone or buy one there. You can also rent one at a lower price if you’re only visiting for a few days. In any event, remember that mobile contracts are not common in China and that they usually work with prepaid phone cards, used to top up your phone with airtime.
The mobile industry in China is dominated by state-run companies, namely three: China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom. All three companies have 3G licences, and run fixed-line and mobile businesses in China. 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.
Here are some of the most popular smartphones available with China Telecom:
- Phone Details: iOS, 16GB storage, 4G technology, 8MP camera, 1.2MP front camera, standard Li-Po battery (up to 225 hours), 4″ LED-backlit IPS TFT, capacitive touchscreen (640 x 1136), Bluetooth 4.0.
- Phone Details: iOS 5, 64GB memory, 3G technology, 8MP rear camera, front camera, standard lithium-ion battery (up to 200 hours), 3.5″ (640×960) retina display, Bluetooth 4.0.
- Phone Details: Windows Phone 7.5 OS, 16GB storage, 3G technology, 8MP camera, non-removable lithium-ion battery (up to 335 hours), 3.7″ AMOLED capacitive touchscreen (480 x 800), Bluetooth 2.1.
Nokia Lumia 800C