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Compare mobile data - Hong Kong

To use Viber, internet, skype, Facebook, Whatsapp, you need to have ‘mobile data’ enabled on your smartphone.

Without mobile data these things will not work.   --- can't read the Myanmar font below ? Go to this page for same message as image.

ေဟာင္ေကာင္ေရာက္ျပီဆိုရင္ ျမန္မာျပည္နဲ႔ အဆက္အသြယ္ရဖို႔အတြက္  viber, skype,  whatsapp တို႔နဲ႔ ဆက္သြယ္ရာမွာ အခက္အခဲမရွိေအာင္ ဘယ္လို အင္တာနက္ပါတဲ့ ဖုန္းကဒ္သံုးသင့္သည္ကို ေဖာ္ျပေပးထားပါတယ္။ ဆင္းကဒ္၀ယ္ရင္ Data မပါတဲ့ကဒ္ဆိုရင္ အင္တာနက္သံုးလို႔မရပါ။


Prepaid SIM cards in Hong Kong usually come with data enabled. This means if you do NOTHING you already have data enabled on your phone. 

This is called the 'default data rate'

ေဟာင္ေကာင္မွာ ၾကိဳတင္ေငြေပးစနစ္ ဖုန္းကဒ္ေတြက မ်ားေသာအားျဖစ္ internet အသံုးျပဳလုိ႕ရေအာင္ တပါတည္းထည့္ေရာင္းၾကတယ္။ ဒါကဘာလဲဆိုေတာ့ သင္ဘာမွ မလုပ္ရင္ သင့္ဖုန္းမွာ အင္တာနက္အလိုလိုသံုးလို႔ရေနမယ္။

 

BUT the cost of this default data rate is VERY expensive. Your credit will disappear very fast. Your credit will disappear in a few days, $24 – to $100 per day.

The solution is to use a "Package". 

ဒါေပမယ့္ အဲဒီ အသင့္ပါျပီး အင္တနာနက္သံုးျခင္းက အလြန္စရိတ္ၾကီးပါတယ္။ သင့္ ဖုန္းရဲ႕ ေငြလက္က်န္ကို အျမန္မစားပစ္လိမ့္မယ္။ အဲဒါရဲ႕ အေကာင္းဆံုး ေျဖရွင္းနည္းက Package ၀ယ္သံုးျခင္းပါ။

 

A Package for 30 days of unlimited data is  $38 with China mobile.  

Package ဆိုလို႔ရွိရင္ China Mobile  က ရက္သံုးဆယ္အတြက္ အင္တာနက္အကန္႔အသတ္မရွိသံုးပါမွ ေဟာင္ေကာင္ ၃၈ ေဒၚလာသာက်မယ္။  

 

To buy a Package  you need to use special codes. For China Mobile:

Package ၀ယ္ဘီဆိုိုလို႔ရွိရင္ အထူးျပဳ   code တခုကို သံုးရတယ္။

 Enter:     *103#    on your phone. Press SEND
*103#   ကို မိမိ ဖုန္းမွာ ႏွိမ္ send လုပ္ပါ


Dowload this document as pdf here

Comparing mobile data by Smartone and China Mobile: Comparing the "do nothing, default data rate" with the cost of packages. 

ေအာက္ပါဇယားမွာ Smarttone နဲ႔ China Mobile ႏိႈင္းယွဥ္ေဖာ္ျပထားပါတယ္။ အဆင္သင့္ပါတဲ့ ေဒတာကိုသံုးတာနဲ႔ ပက္ေက့ခ်္၀ယ္သံုးတာကို ႏႈိင္းယွဥ္ထားပါတယ္။  

Smartone

 China mobile

Package prices

$8 per hour with $24 maximum per day. 
Over 7 days that is $168.
Over  30 days that is $720 (may be they have a maximum cap?
I don't know, no info on the website I could find.) 

တနာရီ ၈ ေဒၚလာ၊

တေနကုန္ ၂၄ ေဒၚလာ

၇ ရက္ေက်ာ္ရင္  ၁၆၈ ေဒၚလာ

၃၀ ရက္ ေက်ာ္ ရင္ ၇၂၀ ေဒၚလာ (သူ႔မွာ အမ်ားဆံုးဘယ္ေလာက္သံုးလဲရလဲပါေကာင္းပါမယ္ဒါေပမယ့္ ကၽြန္ေတာ္တို႔ သူ႔ Website မွာ ရွာမေတြ႕ပါ)

Package prices (China Mobile SuperTalk)

1 day of data $9, 
7 days of data $18 
30 days data $38 

အင္တာနက္သံုး
တေနကုန္ ၉ ေဒၚလာ
၇ ရက္ေက်ာ္ရင္  ၁၈ ေဒၚလာ
၃၀ ရက္ ေက်ာ္ ရင္ ၃၈ ေဒၚလာ

 To Buy a "package" ပက္ေက့ခ်္ ဘယ္လို၀ယ္မလဲ

Q14

How do I turn on the data service of the
Good!Talk Stored-Value SIM card?

A14

To turn on data service, press 


To turn off, press 

ပက္ေက့ခ်္ဘယ္လို၀ယ္မလဲ

ေမး ၁၄ -  အင္တာနက္သံုးလို႔ရေအာင္ data service ဘယ္လို ဖြင့္ရမလဲ?

Data Service ဖြင့္မယ္ဆိုရင္ *111*142# send  
Data Service ပိတ္မယ္ဆိုရင္လည္း *111*142# send 













 To Buy a "package"  

ပက္ေက့ခ်္ ဘယ္လို၀ယ္မလဲ

 

Enter:     *103#    on your phone. Press SEND.

*103#   ကို မိမိ ဖုန္းမွာ ႏွိမ္ send လုပ္ပါ

A message will ask you to choose how many days of mobile data you want. 

Choose '3' for 30 days.

့မက္ေဆ့ခ်္ျပန္လာျပီးေမးလိမ့္မယ္ ဘယ္ႏွစ္ရက္ သံုးခ်င္လဲ၊ ၃ ရက္ ကေန ၃၀ ရက္အထိေရြး လို႔ရတယ္။ ရက္၃၀ ကို ေရြးရင္ နံပါတ္ ၃ ႏွိပ္လိုက္ပါ

Your phone will show something like this:

Balance: how much credit do I have ? 

Q7

How do I check the validity and remaining balance of the SmarTone IDD & Roaming SIM card?

A7

Press 

့ဖုန္းထဲမွာ ပိုက္ဆံလက္က်န္သိခ်င္ရင္ *111 # ကို send လုပ္ရင္ မက္ေဆ့ခ်္ပို႔လိမ့္မယ္

 Balance: how much credit do I have ? 

    * #130 #     to check for  balance and expiry of package - you will receive an SMS

ဖုန္းထဲမွာ ပိုက္ဆံလက္က်န္သိခ်င္ရင္ *#130#  ကို send လုပ္ရင္ မက္ေဆ့ခ်္ပို႔လိမ့္မယ္

Default data rates: (if you don't buy a package) 

Not clear what Smartone charges if you don't buy a package. 

Smarttone ကပက္ေက့ခ်္၀ယ္ဖို႔ ေသခ်ာမရွင္းျပထားဘူး  
They don't say on their website. 
Maybe they only have the package deal for $8 per hour

with $24 max per day, $168 for 7 days, $ 720 for 30 days

-  I couldn't find out exactly what they do.

 Default data rates: (if you don't buy a package) 
အကယ္လို႔ ပက္ေက့ခ်္မ၀ယ္ဘဲ အသင့္ပါ ေဒတာ အင္တာနက္ကို သံုးမယ္ဆိုရင္
Do nothing, just insert SIM: data is  $ 1.5 for 1 MB    that is     $ 150 for 100 MB. Probably in a day or two all your credit will be gone.

 
Very expensive. Better to buy a package.

့ဘာမွ လုပ္စရာမလိုဘူး၊ ဒါေပမယ့္ 1 MB = 1.5 HKD က်သင့္မယ္ တစ္ရက္ႏွစ္ရက္သံုးျပီးတာနဲ႔ ကုန္သြားလိုက္မယ္။ အရမ္းေစ်းၾကီးလိမ့္မယ္။ ဒါေၾကာင့္ ပက္ေက့ခ်္၀ယ္လိုက္ပါ။

For $9 you get a day of date, for $18 you get a week of data and for $38 you get 30 days of data

တေနကုန္ ၉ ေဒၚလာ

၇ ရက္ေက်ာ္ရင္  ၁၈ ေဒၚလာ

၃၀ ရက္ ေက်ာ္ ရင္ ၃၈ ေဒၚလာ

  buy SIM card
 $48 and $80. Be careful about data prices. They have many different kinds of prepaid. 
Smartone ဖုန္းကဒ္၀ယ္မယ္ဆိုရင္ေဟာင္ေကာင္ ၄၈ -၈၀ ေဒၚလာအထိရွိမယ္၊ ၿကိဳတင္ေငြေပးစနစ္အမ်ိဳးမ်ိဳးကို ေတြ႕ရမယ္။ 

 buy SIM card

China Mobile  ဖုန္းကဒ္၀ယ္မယ္ဆိုလို႔ရရွိရင္

SuperTalk $48 with data, 1-day/7-day/30-day "1-Card-Multi-Number" and "Mobile Data Package,
and port your number to china mobile. 
စူပါေတာ့ ေဟာင္ေကာင္ေဒၚလာ ၄၈ +အင္တာနက္ပါသံုးရတာ -
HKD$78 SIM pack, inc data.  ေဟာင္ေကာင္ ၇၈ ေဒၚလာ+ အင္တာနက္ပါျပီး
 

 All the info above comes from these links 

FAQ 

http://www.smartone.com/en/other/faq.jsp#part4


Prepaid 
http://www.smartone.com/en/mobile_and_price_plans/prepaid/service.jsp

All the info above comes from these links 

Prepaid charges  
HKD$78 SIM pack, includes data.
http://www.hk.chinamobile.com/en/prepaid_services/prepaid_products/prepaid-services-localtalk.html


Prepaid user services: all the info on prepaid. 
http://www.hk.chinamobile.com/en/prepaid_services/prepaid_services/prepaid-services-user-guide.html

extra info


click on pictures to see full size

extra info

 


1 day of data $9, 
7 days of data $18 
30 days data $38


click on pictures to see full size


*103#    to choose how many days of mobile data '3' for 30 days, once you start this it will keep renewing until you are out of credit or stop it with a "turn off code" 

* #130 #     for balance and expiry of package - you will receive an SMS


Turn off data if you don't need it because out of HK for some time: 

*103*02#         is the turn  off code  to turn off china mobile data 
*103#               to turn china mob data back on

*139* (voucher recharge code)#             to recharge credit:    

more details at this link and picture below

The China Mobile Kabayan card aimed at Foreigners in HK, China Mobile says esp Phillipino and Indonesian Foreigners, is actually more expensive for data than the China Mobile SuperTalk card. 

ခ်ိဳင္းနားမိုဘိုင္း Kabayan ကဒ္က ဘာမွ မသိေသးတဲ့ ႏိုင္ငံျခားသားေတြ၊ ဖိလစ္ပင္းႏိုး၊ အင္ဒိုနီးရွား ေတြအတြက္တဲ့၊ ဒါေပမယ့္ Kabayan ကဒ္က China mobile Super Talk ထက္ ေစ်းၾကီးပါတယ္ 

Kabayan       $48 for a 30 day data  package -

SuperTalk     $38 for a 30 day data  package

China mobile prepaid, all the various options are described here https://www.hk.chinamobile.com/en/prepaid_services

 



Compare mobile data costs - Hong Kong

Prepaid SIM cards in Hong Kong usually come with data enabled. This means if you do NOTHING you already have data enabled on your phone. 
This is called the 'default data rate'

BUT the cost of this default data rate is VERY expensive ($1.5 per 1 MB, to $40 per 1 MB or more) Your credit will disappear very fast. 
The solution is to use a "Package". 

A Package for 30 days of unlimited data is  $38 with China mobile (SuperTalk card).
To buy a Package  you need to use special codes. More about how do this below. 

Comparing mobile data by Smartone and China Mobile: Comparing the "do nothing, default data rate" with the cost of packages. 
 
Smartone

 China mobile

 
Package prices

$8 per hour with $24 maximum per day. 
Over 7 days that is $168.
Over  30 days that is $720 (maybe they have a maximum cap?
I don't know, no info on the website I could find.) 



 
Package prices

1 day of data $9, 
7 days of data $18 
30 days data $38 


 To Buy a "package" 

Q14 How do I turn on the data service of the Good!Talk Stored-Value SIM card?
A14 To turn on data service, press 


To turn off, press 





























 To Buy a "package"  

Enter:     *103#    on your phone. Press SEND. Check your user
instructions, sometimes the code is different, it will be written in
your user manual.


you will see this: 

A message will ask you to choose how many days of mobile data you want. 
Choose '3' for 30 days. 
Your phone will show something like this:
press '3' for the 30 day package. You must have more than $38 credit in your account 

Balance: how much credit do I have ? 

Q7 How do I check the validity and remaining balance of the SmarTone IDD & Roaming SIM card?
A7 Press 



 Balance: how much credit do I have ? 

    * #130 #     to check for  balance and expiry of package - you will receive an SMS 
    also sends you information of when your data package will expire, what your phone number is etc...
   
  Default data rates: (if you don't buy a package) 

Not clear what Smartone charges if you don't buy a package. 
They don't say on their website. 
Maybe they only have the package deal for $8 per hour with $24 max per day, $168 for 7 days, $ 720 for 30 days -  I couldn't find out exactly what they do.


 Default data rates: (if you don't buy a package) 

Do nothing, just insert SIM: data is  $ 1.5 for 1 MB    that is     $ 150 for 100 MB
Very expensive. Better to buy a package. For $9 you get a day of date, for $18 you get a week of data and for $38 you get 30 days of data
  buy SIM card
 $48 and $80. Be careful about data prices. They have many different kinds of prepaid. 



 buy SIM card

SuperTalk $48 with data, 1-day/7-day/30-day "1-Card-Multi-Number" and "Mobile Data Package,
and port your number to china mobile. 

HKD$78 SIM pack, inc data. 
 
 All the info above comes from these links 

​FAQ 
http://www.smartone.com/en/other/faq.jsp#part4

All the info above comes from these links 

Prepaid charges  HKD$78 SIM pack, includes data.
http://www.hk.chinamobile.com/en/prepaid_services/prepaid_products/prepaid-services-localtalk.html


Prepaid user services: all the info on prepaid. 
http://www.hk.chinamobile.com/en/prepaid_services/prepaid_services/prepaid-services-user-guide.html




 extra info


click on picture to see full size
 extra info

















click on picture to see full size

*103#    
to choose how many days of mobile data '3' for 30 days, once you start this it will keep renewing until you are out of credit or stop it with a "turn off code" 
Turn off data if you don't need it because out of HK for some time: 

*103*02#         is the turn  off code  to turn off china mobile data 
*103#               to turn china mob back on

* #130 #     for balance and expiry of package - you will receive an sms

*139* (voucher recharge code)#             to recharge credit:    

more details at this link and picture below




 If you want really fast prepaid mobile internet see more on this site here.  Use CSL/one2Free as home wifi.
 My survey of HK mobile Broadband:  HK mobile Broadband providers here (2012, 2013)


Data SIM cards in HK: Things to watch out for:
China mobile prepaid, all the various options are described here.
If you do not buy a package you pay a much higher data rate: The data rate is often expressed in a small number to make it look cheap. But in reality it is expensive compared to a data package:
For example:
The Kabayan series of prepaid cards is marketed for Indonesian and Phillipino "Foreigner living in Hong Kong" (also Pakistan, Thai, Malaysian...)
The local data rate without a package is
 $ 0.04 sounds pretty small right ?
it works out to $40 per Megabyte (MB). It is easy to use 100 MB of data in a day 100MB=$4,000. Your credit will be gone very fast.

If you want to use data on your mobile a package is the cheaper way to go.
 A package would cost:
That's a lot cheaper,  $48 for  for 30 days of data.

But you need to buy a package this way:

The Kabayan card aimed at Foreigners in HK, China Mobile says esp Phillipino and Indonesian Foreigners, is actually more expensive for data 
than the SuperTalk card. 

Kabayan       $48 for a 30 day data  package
SuperTalk     $38 for a 30 day data  package

Default data (no package) 
Kabayan       $40 for    1MB of mobile data  - $400 for 10MB of data
SuperTalk     $1.5 for   1MB of mobile data  - $15   for 10MB of data

Kabayan is 26 times more expensive than the SuperTalk card, if you buy no package. 








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Heiko RUDOLPH,
Aug 3, 2014, 3:55 AM
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