Many travelers to China rent a cell phone as they do not want to bring their own cell phones due to security reasons. Renting a phone through Cellular Abroad alleviates any concern that all of your personal data on your phone will be compromised.
Your China cell phone rental includes 10GB of 4G/5G high speed data, a Chinese number, unlimited incoming calls and texts and 30 minutes of outgoing calls within China. Please select the phone rental of your choice, enter the actual departure and return dates and your rental rate will be immediately calculated.
Our cell phone rental for China package includes everything you need for your trip including the cell phone with a Chinese SIM card and Chinese number, a travel charger, plug adapters and a return package as well as activation instructions for the service. You will receive the rental 2-3 days before your departure, time permitting.
We highly recommend that you download WeChat which is the calling app of choice within China. We also recommend that you use a VPN such as Express VPN or Nord VPN so that you can access commonly used websites and apps such as Google, Facebook, WhatsApp and news sources that are typically banned in China. With a VPN, you can use any app or view any website. Please note that in order to download apps, you must rent the iPhone 8 or the X as the other phones have older operating systems and are not always compatible with some apps.
We also have a hotspot rental available for China which is very popular. With a hotspot, you do not have to rely on your hotel WiFi, which is not secure, in order to access the internet with your laptop or other device.
*Please note that, although it is standard policy in the cellular business to advertise the term, “unlimited”, there is a “Fair Usage Policy” that specifies caps at 10GB each 30 days of your rental, which is enough data for 99.5% of all travelers. If for some reason you do not think that is enough data, you can purchase a second China SIM card with an additional 10GB of data or rent a hotspot.
**You may call/text the US and Canada with a free app such as Talkatone. This and other apps rely on data.