Chinacom offers low-cost eSIMs for visitors to China. Plans start from US$5 (~¥35.60) and give you 4G coverage from China Unicom.

If you're planning a trip to China, one of the easiest ways to use your cellphone whilst you're there is with a Chinacom eSIM. This is only available for foreign visitors to China (as the local handsets purchased in China do not have support for eSIM).

You can get a Chinacom eSIM from US$5 (approximately ¥35.60) at Airalo. This will allow you to use your cellphone in China for up to 7 days. The Chinacom eSIM is available on a pre-paid basis for visitors to China and gives you an allowance of 4G mobile data to use whilst you're there.

In this article, we'll look at the Chinacom service in China, including how you're able to get it and the best Chinacom eSIM deals. We'll also look at the coverage available on a Chinacom eSIM, and the other ways of using your mobile phone in China (e.g. through international roaming).

Plans From: US$5 (~¥35.60) for 7 days
Best Deals:
Compatible Devices:
  • Apple iPhone 11 and newer
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 and newer
  • Google Pixel 3 and newer
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Coverage: 4G coverage (China Unicom)
Voucher Code: Save 5% on all Chinacom eSIMs using KEN5 voucher code

Chinacom Plans

If you're looking for an affordable way to use your cellphone when travelling in China, you can get a Chinacom eSIM from only US$5 (approximately ¥35.60) for 7 days usage.

To get a Chinacom eSIM, you'll need to have an eSIM-compatible device such as the iPhone 11, Galaxy S20, Pixel 3 or later devices. You can then order your Chinacom eSIM through the Airalo app with instant delivery direct to your phone. There's no need to queue at the airport or to register the Chinacom eSIM with your ID, saving you lots of time.

The following table shows the eSIM plans that are currently available from Chinacom in China:

valid for 7 days
valid for 15 days
valid for 30 days
valid for 30 days
valid for 30 days

As a special offer for June 2023, you can get a 5% discount on all Chinacom eSIMs when you enter the KEN5 voucher code at checkout.

See all Chinacom eSIM deals →

Once you've ordered your Chinacom eSIM, it will only activate when your cellphone actually connects to a supported network in China. This means the validity period will only begin when you actually land in China and turn your cellphone on.

Your Chinacom eSIM works with the dual-SIM function on most modern smartphones. This means you can use your regular SIM card alongside the Chinacom eSIM (e.g. to receive incoming phone calls and text messages on your normal phone number).

Alternatives to Chinacom

The main disadvantage of Chinacom is the fact you're getting a data-only service on the eSIM. You will not get a local phone number in China when you're using the Chinacom eSIM in your phone.

If you'd like to call or text whilst you're travelling in China, you'll need to use your normal SIM card instead (on which international roaming fees may apply). Alternatively, you can side-step these charges by making your calls through WhatsApp or other similar apps.

If you're looking for a more fully featured SIM card with a local phone number in China (starting with +86), you could consider getting a regular prepaid SIM card upon arrival instead. This will involve some additional hassle (e.g. queuing up at the airport to get your SIM card, a registration process for the SIM card, etc) but it can be preferable and better suited for longer-term use in China.

Chinacom Coverage

If you're using a Chinacom eSIM, you'll have access to 4G mobile coverage in China. This is provided by the following partner networks:

Coverage ProviderNetwork TypeCoverage Area
China Unicom4G LTEChina

There's no international roaming available on a Chinacom eSIM. Therefore, you won't be able to use it outside of China. If you're planning to visit multiple countries on your trip, you may need to get a separate eSIM for the other countries you visit.

Other Airalo eSIMs

Airalo's Chinacom eSIM can only be used in China. If you're planning to visit multiple countries on your trip, you could consider getting a Asialink or Discover Global eSIM. These eSIM plans will work in China, as well as a number of other countries.

Asialink eSIM

Airalo's Asialink eSIM will also work in China, giving you 4G coverage from China Unicom. In addition, you'll be able to use it in 12 other countries. The Asialink plans start from US$5 for 1GB of data:

valid for 7 days
valid for 30 days
valid for 30 days
valid for 30 days
valid for 90 days
valid for 180 days

Discover Global eSIM

Airalo's Discover Global eSIM will also work in China, giving you 4G coverage from China Mobile. In addition, you'll be able to use it in 84 other countries. The Discover Global plans start from US$9 for 1GB of data:

Discover GlobalNoneNone1GBUS$9.00
valid for 7 days
Discover GlobalNoneNone3GBUS$24.00
valid for 15 days
Discover GlobalNoneNone5GBUS$35.00
valid for 30 days
Discover GlobalNoneNone10GBUS$59.00
valid for 60 days
Discover GlobalNoneNone20GBUS$89.00
valid for 180 days

Other Country Specific eSIMs

You can also buy other country-specific eSIMs from Airalo, including the following:

For more information, read our Airalo review.

More Information

For more information about Chinacom, please see the Airalo website.

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