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Q: Prepaid SIM with Data for iPhone 4?

I’m looking at buying an unlocked iphone 4 in the US to use while I am living in Shanghai.  Will I be able to buy prepaid SIM cards with 3G data?

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7 years 13 weeks ago in  Web & Technology - Shanghai

 
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You are stuck with China Unicom because of the 3G standard. Unicom offers prepaid 3G Data SIM cards, but these are not intended to be used in a phone. You would'nt have voice service or outgoing SMS. You will get plenty of incoming SMS about every few kb of data used and the fact that you are not supposed to see that SMS anyway.

 

For proper 3G+voice you need a "postpaid" contract, meaning you have to agree to pay a fixed amount per month for a data, SMS and minutes package.

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However, 3G in China pretty much sucks from my experience.  It is no better than normal phone service from everything I have seen.

 

You can get a prepaid SIM card with data from street vendors for around 50RMB.  Once the money runs out, you can buy a top off card for around the same price.  For me, since I don't use my phone for calling that much, 50RMB was enough to last about 30 days with heavy data and SMS usage.

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