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    To it easy! While using iPad in the airport through wifi connection, it is free of charge. If you want to get a 3G sim card, just contact with China Unicom service. over 6 years ago

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    Just remember lots of sites are blocked in china Facebook for one don't know about twitter
    Lots of hotels have free wifi in the lobby over 6 years ago

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    please choice china unicom 3g service over 6 years ago

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    wifi is pretty surprisingly available a lot in china...i had ipod touch with me and found connection whenever i needed one,from beijing to lhasa.hotels,hostels,bars,starbucks...all provide free wireless net...not sure u need the card.
    one more good thing-you can open account in bank of china immediately upon arrival which is very handy if you have cash with you.in 15 minutes you have your card,pin and ready to go on...without trouble to watch over the bills...have fun! over 6 years ago

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    I asked this for my daughter, who was in Beijing last week (late July 2011). Apparently the Chinese government is cracking down on public wifi unless they install tracking software. She found free wifi was not readily accessible. over 6 years ago

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    not one of you morons even attempted to answer this questions. why dont you read the question before you try to answer? over 6 years ago

    Answered by Brian via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    It's correct that a number of popular sites are blocked in China such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, some blog sites etc unless you install a VPN to climb the "great firewall". Wifi is widely available for free in cafes and bars. Sometimes you need to register through their login website, which sometimes also requests a mobile phone number for a password to be sent to (ie. at many Starbucks). SIM cards can be bought at the airport or any mobile phone shop or newspaper kiosk, post office etc around the city. If you need a mini SIM - no problem! Places that sell SIMs will often have a little "tool" that can cut a regular SIM to the size needed for Apple products. Many SIM cards will have money preloaded on them which once you use up can be topped up buy buying top up phone cards. Data and other charges will vary. China Mobile and China Unicom are the main providers. Both have hotlines and phone assistance services in English. over 6 years ago

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    You can buy a package from either China Mobile or China Unicom. I bought a China Unicom package for my iPad for RMB300 which comes with a 9GB data. It works perfectly and lasted me about 3 months with normal usage. over 6 years ago

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    How was the package for 300rmb called? I asked for a simcard in Beijing and they wanted to charge me 1200 for 2gig and only available for 2 months. I'm in Shanghai now and will try it here! over 6 years ago

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    I don't think it's available at the airport, you will have to go to their service center (china unicom preferred). Cost is depend on which package you get. about 6 years ago

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    You can buy a prepaid iPad sim card from China Unicom stores (no stores in airports in China). Shall be able to find one store near your hotel with the help of your hotel staff. When you do this, you are required to register with your passport. You may encounter language barriers in most stores.

    If you won't bother doing all these stuffs, you can rent one iPad sim card. There is one local company (3G Solutions) from which you can rent an iPad sim card. They do hotel dropoff and pickup. I just dealt with them one week ago. They delivered a fast & efficient service to me so I have no hesitate to recommend their service to anyone. You can check their information from webpage http://www.3gsolutions.com.cn/page/ipad3grental .
    David Frolio almost 6 years ago

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    If it's mainly for data then I wouldn't bother trying to get a SIM card in China - I'd take a Mifi device with me with a China data SIM. You can rent them in the US from Cellhire (http://www.cellhire.com/products/international/data/mobile-internet/personal-hotspot/china) they cost $94 for a month and for that you get 5GB of data. The Mifi device lets me provide data to my iPhone, iPad and laptop - killing 3 birds with one stone. The bit I like best is that it's in my hands before I leave. over 5 years ago

    Answered by BenOnABudget via Site_iconWorldNomads.com

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