China is the first country in mobile penetration, with 1, 023.7 million subscribers –76% of its population. But that’s not it. Mobile phones are big in China, which means that users spend more on their devices. So if you are travelling to China, there are a couple of things that you must bear in mind. First of all, that China uses the GSM-standard for mobile communications, so you must make sure that your phone works there. If that’s not the case, you may have to buy one. The Chinese are big fans of state-of-the-art phones –but there is no need for that if you’re only visiting, as you can comfortably rent a phone in one of the many shops. Secondly, you must know how the Chinese mobile market works: the city where you buy your SIM card is considered your ‘hometown’, and although most mobile phone services in China offer national coverage at no additional cost, you should check your roaming fees before travelling.
Also, mobile contracts are not common in China, so it is easier to simply buy a SIM card and buy airtime. Note too that you won’t be able to buy additional airtime outside your hometown city. So if you travel outside the city where you purchased your SIM card, you may want to make sure you carry enough prepaid phone cards before leaving.
This said, let’s have a look at the top mobile carriers in China. 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. Here are some of their top-rated smartphones available. 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):Sony Xperia Z
Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE
Nokia Lumia 920
LG Optimus G
China is dominated by three state-run businesses2013-02-05 12:54:18 by Mutlap
The telecommunications industry in China is dominated by three state-run businesses: China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile. The three companies were formed by a recent revolution and restructuring launched in May 2008, directed by Ministry of Information Industry (MII), Nationals Development and Reform Commissions (NDRC) and Minister of Finance. Since then, all the three companies gained 3G licenses and engaged fixed-line and mobile business in China.
As a result of Chinas entry to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, a new regulatory regime is now being established and foreign operators are gradually being allowed to access the market
Redchina: boundless treachery....2008-02-18 04:39:40 by edsdesk
Apple iPhones exported from China, smuggled back
Last update: 6:52 a.m. EST Feb. 18, 2008
HONG KONG (MarketWatch) -- Thousands of Apple iPhones are being produced in and exported from China, and then are smuggled back in to the country and sold to consumers for well above U.S. retail prices, The New York Times reported.
Drawn by the iPhone's novelty value, Chinese buyers often pay $450 to $600 for a phone, plus extra to have the digital lock broken so it can work on local cellular networks and to add software that supports the Chinese language, the Times reported
New iPhone 5C seen as too costly for most Chinese — The Japan Times
BEIJING – Apple's lower-cost iPhone 5C will retail for more than $700 in China, putting it out of reach of most consumers and raising questions over the firm's ability to build sales in the world's biggest mobile market.
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