Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 09 May 2011
Total posts 172
Hi brains trust,
Member since 01 Apr 2018
Total posts 50
I just got a roaming deal with my Australian network when I went to China. I also used Express VPN to get google and social media.
Member since 23 Oct 2013
Total posts 767
Sim cards at the airport are plentiful and reasonably priced at ~$20-30 but the major downside is that they like the rest of Chinese internet won't work with google, facebook etc.
Member since 04 Jun 2015
Total posts 73
I use my Telstra number in China. Expensive way to do it but you don’t need to have a vpn on to use the blocked sites. I use a vpn anyway so when I connect to WiFi it all still functions.
I found that I could access all the blocked sites for a day or so and then they locked up without VPN
Member since 02 Apr 2017
Total posts 167
I used FlexiRoam which is data only, but you need it before you leave. Data for China was quite cheap and it was uncensored (as are all roaming sims) so can use Google maps etc. I'm fairly sure even Hong Kong SIM cards will work in China uncensored, and are relatively cheap to do so.If using a Chinese SIM, make sure to have ExpressVPN on all your devices downloaded before you go.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 08 Jun 2014
Total posts 88
If you’re flying via HK, pop into a news agent or a tech shop at the airport, let them know you’re heading to China and you’ll get a Taiwanese SIM card which will work in China, VPN not needed as their servers aren’t in China so FB, social media will work! $17AUD for about 2GB
Thanks everyone! Helpful advice. I might just stick to roaming with Vodafone as then it's unblocked and only slightly more expensive
$5 a day would be ideal, use the data you have in your plan. I've jumped to Vodafone especially for this feature! $5 a day for 5-6 days = $35AUD~, saves the hassle of finding a SIM online for say $40USD + Postage... or sourcing one locally.
Member since 14 Mar 2017
Total posts 149
I've used the Vodafone $5 a day roaming in Shenzen and Shanghai and it worked, mostly, though Google was problematic.
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