"Phoning internationally and locally" China Favorite Tip by melosh
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Favorite thing: If you are planning to use a cell phone to contact home you will want to buy a SIMS card in China for the international calls. It will be cheaper than using your regular outside the USA service. If you want your cell phone to function throughout China it is important that you buy a card that functions in all areas. Many cards sold serve only a limited area and therefore would prove useless when you travel out of this area.
An alternative for local calls is to use one of the many shop phones. Call boxes seem to be relatively rare, but you will find phones for hire for local calls at all sorts of shops on just about every street. Usually the phone will be visible from the street. I never found it difficult to make a local call even without any Chinese. I would just walk up to the phone and show the number I wanted to call. Whenever I showed any hesitancy in how to use the phone, the shop person would happily dial the number for me. The cost was never more than 1 RMB. I think it was usually 1/2 an RMB.
Another alternative for contact home is to use computer based phone systems. I actually have been able to regularly see my son who works in China by computer to computer connection.
Fondest memory: It is always a special moment when after you have arrived in a foreign country you hear the voice of someone you know. Honestly, I did not recognize my son's voice until he spoke to me in English.
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