Spent a few hours researching the cell phone situation in China. From what I researched I could wait until I stepped foot in China and get a sim card at the airport or order one from Ebay or Amazon. I wanted one before I stepped off the plane so I went with a reputable seller by the name of LvyCom. They got a few good reviews so I hope everything works as planned. They also have a “top up” web site that is in English that corresponds to the plan I selected. So it should be easy to refill when the time comes.

The package comes with¬†2GB of 4G data, 100 mins to US or Canada, 50 minutes of local calls or 100 texts, and free incoming calls and texts and is on the¬†China Unicom network. I heard China Mobile is supposed to be better but I can always switch when I get there and get the hang of how things work. I’m hoping and praying I get a “good” phone number with 4s as digits so I can be “lucky”. I chose slow shipping so I could get a credit to Amazon Pantry so I’ll review the activation process next week.

I also researched how my family would call me so they wouldn’t have to call me long distance. This is where Google Hangouts/Voice comes into play. I have a US number through Google and they can just download the app on their phones/computers to call me anytime for free. I looked into Skype but to get a dedicated number costs money. Google Hangouts/Voice is totally free.