I want to get a SIM card at arrival at Pudong International Airport, and stay in Shanghai for 14 days.

I'm looking for a SIM card that is either from China Unicom or China Telecom, with 4G/LTE compatible. Data only SIM card is sufficient for me. If possible, I starve for tethering and unlimited data plan.

Is it available at the airport?


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Last time I was at Pudong Airport, China Unicom had a small stall in the baggage reclaim hall. Otherwise, there is also a China Unicom stall in the arrivals hall (T2).


I tried it by myself and found one counter at the baggge claim floor. It is the same counter as the mobile Wi-Fi router rental, and they only sell China Unicom SIM card.

The SIM they provide is a bit expensive, with 4G/LTE, limited data and tethering being available. It expires in 30 days.

The price is the following, though they have other plans as well (e.g. 8GB, 2GB).

  • 3GB: 300 RMB
  • 4GB: 350 RMB
  • 5GB: 400 RMB
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    you're likely getting a better deal in any phone store in town, especially if you or someone with you speaks a bit of Chinese or you run into someone with basic knowledge of English. Anycase +1
    – mts
    Oct 6, 2016 at 14:22
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    @mts Yeah I thought about it while purchasing. But I cannot tolerate getting on a train from the airport without the network, so I purchased it anyway :=)
    – Blaszard
    Oct 6, 2016 at 14:26

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