For many short time visitors to Hong Kong the cheap SIM chips of various mobile carriers are the best solution available. These SIM chips don’t need any registration, just buy one and insert into Your mobile phone, there You go. Looking at their flashy offers these seem to be a bargain. Let’s see what CSL has in their shelves:
Broadband… just what I need. I can surf the web with this SIM chip, right? Somehow it didn’t work. So I asked myself: How can I go online in Hong Kong using my mobile phone. I went back to the shop and asked. I was told I have to make some settings which are not really explained in the package. Here is what You have to do:
- Call the service hotline 179179
- Go through the service hotline menu until they ask You if You want GPRS broadband service.
- Confirm that You want broadband
After You have done that You have to wait until Your SIM chip’s data service is activated. It’s normally less than 24 hours. At the moment of writing this, using broadband with a prepaid CSL SIM chip costs You $HK 5 per month basic fee + data transfer charges which are not listed on the product. Should be cheap. Once this is fine You have to do some settings on Your phone. Depending on Your phone You only have to make some settings.
However, if You make these settings You won’t have the real internet. You will only be able to get some old-fashioned, outdated WAP-internet. That’s the part they don’t mention on the package and even the staff in the CSL shops often don’t know about this kind of limitation. Don’t trust them. Anyways, if You decide for a CSL prepaid SIM chip, here are the WAP settings
|Connection name||CSL prepaid GPRS|
|Data bearer||Packet data|
|Access Point Name (APN)||cslp1|
|User Name and Password||Not needed, leave blank|
|Phone IP address||Automatic|
|Proxy Server Address||192.168.59.51|
|Proxy Port Number||8080|
If You want real internet using CSL then You have to buy one of their contracts which start around $HK 50 a month. Luckily there is an alternative. Give Vodafone Hong Kong a try. Their prepaid does support real internet, yet they also block something. Voice over IP programs don’t work with CSL prepaid or Vodafone prepaid. The APN (Access Point Name) for Vodafone prepaid is “internet”, no username or password required.
Those of You who are curious about the Visa issue, no news, still the unfriendly pre Olympic rules are in place. Maybe we can see something after the Paraolympics. maybe October 1st.