Is this a real China mobile number or a virtual number？Who is the network provider?
This is a real SIM card from the carrier China Unicom. For China virtual SIM card, please visit here.
I am a German citizen, can I use this Chinese mobile phone number for Alipay, Tiktok and other real name registration?
Yes. Please be noted that only SIM cards linked to your passport can apply for bank account, health QR code, WeChat pay and Alipay.
How to register the China SIM card？
According Chinese government regulations, there are a few documents needed to register the SIM card. Please email the following to us after you received the item. Then, we will register the SIM card under your name.
For foreign passport holders:
For Chinese passport holders:
Because our SIM cards are tailored to meet foreign visitor’s needs, including overseas Chinese, most China Unicom retail stores or customer service at 10010 won’t have sufficient information to assist you, please contact us via email directly if you need any assistance.
How to activate the SIM card?
After the SIM card is registered, please activate the SIM card by inserting it into an unlocked mobile phone to connect to a local network within seven (7) days after the registration. For example, AT&T is a local network in the US; Vodafone is a local network in the UK. Fail to activate within 7 days after initial registration will result in complicated in-person re-registration in China.
Please DON’T change/switch the mobile device, which is initially used to activate your SIM card within 31 days; otherwise, you may be required to do a complicated in-person re-registration in China.
All SIM cards have had an international roaming feature turned on since day 1. You can start receiving texts free of charge from anywhere.
How to check the balance？
Just send text '101' to 10010 for airtime balance or send text '2082' to 10010 for data balance. Sending these texts in China are free of charge. but international roaming tariff applies when outside China. For example, texting 101 to 10010 in US is about 0.36 CNY/msg, about $0.06/msg.
How to keep my number？
1. Make sure your airtime balance of the SIM card account is not in arrears; your SIM card account will be terminated if arrears are more than 3 months. We suggest you maintain at least a 50 CNY airtime balance.
2. Please make sure to extend your expiration date by purchasing the KEEP-YOUR-NUMBER service on time.
3. In order to better fight internet and telecom fraud, the Chinese government has issued the following rules regarding 'user identity verification' and 'purchase of new mobile SIM cards'; the new rules will start on January 1st, 2022:
How can I refill minutes and data?
Please use this top up form.
How can I find roaming rates in other countries?
Please find call and text message rates.