Shanghai launches short-term SIM cards for foreigners

LMS| Updated: March 18, 2024

Shanghai has launched a range of short-term SIM cards tailored for foreigners and residents from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan, available at 23 outlets across the city's 16 districts.

Issued by the Shanghai branch of China Telecom, one of the country's three major telecommunications operators, on March 14, these cards come with durations of seven, 15, and 30 days, priced at 85 yuan ($11.82), 125 yuan, and 195 yuan, respectively.


Stephen, a chemical engineer living in China for 14 years, acquires a short-term SIM card at a China Telecom outlet in Shanghai. [Photo/]

Lu Rong, general manager of the customer service department at the Shanghai branch of China Telecom, revealed their plan to extend this service to additional locations while establishing a new outlet at the arrival zone of Terminal 1 at Shanghai Pudong International Airport. The new airport outlet is expected to commence operations in August, enabling foreigners to apply for short-term SIM cards, Wi-Fi rentals, and other services upon arrival.