【GreaterHacks】Explore the Greater Bay Area: A Guide to Getting a Mainland Chinese Phone Number
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Explore the Greater Bay Area: A Guide to Getting a Mainland Chinese Phone Number
Weekend trips to Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and other mainland cities have become the new travelling norm for Hong Kong people. A mainland Chinese phone number is handy for staying connected and essential for opening a bank account, using electronic payments, restaurant reservations and ride-hailing services. Let's explore the three ways to get one!
1. One Card with Two Numbers
A single SIM card provides you with both a Hong Kong and a mainland Chinese phone number, offering data and calling services while in mainland China.
2. Mainland China Number Service
This option lets you keep your Hong Kong SIM card while receiving and sending text messages to mainland China. However, taking calls may incur roaming charges.
3. Mainland Chinese SIM Card
Applying for a number through a mainland Chinese telecom provider offers more flexibility regarding calling and data. However, you may not be able to use common apps like WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram.
*These application methods require you to complete real-name registration using the Mainland Travel Permits for Hong Kong and Macao Residents.
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