One way of making cheap ISD / IDD calls from Hong Kong is to use a local regular Sim Card like "PCCW" and make calls using a cheap IDD calling card like IDT True Calling Card. A 35 HKD IDT True card gives IDD talk time of upto 8 hours. Of course, one has to pay for the local call cost for the PCCW Sim in addition to the IDT True usage charge. The package is still very cheap. But if one finds using an additional calling card with a Sim card too difficult, there's a SIM card in Hong Kong that does the job of both a local Sim Card and a cheap IDD calling card. Meet "Union Sim" by "More Moble". This 35 HKD stored value Sim has about 4 hours of IDD talk time. IDD talk time will vary according to the country called. Keep reading... Also Read: Discover Hong Kong Tourist Sim Card with Free Local & IDD Calls, Free Data
|Union Sim by More Mobile Hong Kong|
|Union Prepaid Sim by More Mobile Hong Kong|
An additional 0.19 HKD per minute local usage charge is deducted for IDD calls but one does not need to dial any calling card number or PIN. Just dial 001+Country Code+Area Code+Telephone Number. The Sim also allows international call forwarding and call waiting functions (require specific activation). Activation methods for these services are printed on the Sim pack. To check balance or expity date, one needs to dial *#149*100#. The card expiry is about six months after activation. A monthly deduction of 3.5 HKD is make from the available balance for government levy.
|Mobile Sim Card Shop Man Hoi Shop Chung King Mansions Hong Kong|
One can buy this Sim card in Chung King Mansions (Tsim Sha Tsui) at shop number 88B, Ground Floor (Man Hoi Shop, see picture above) or from another Sim shop there. Printed price is 48 HKD but this shop sells the card for 35 HKD. Initial balance in the card will be 48 HKD so its a real bargain. While buying the card, tell the shop staff about which country you intend to call the most. They will give you the proper version of the card if available. Just two shortcomings in Union Sim card need to be mentioned. There is no internet and the card works in Hong Kong only - no international roaming. Also Read: IDT True Calling Card Hong Kong and Discover Hong Kong Tourist Sim Card with Free Local & IDD Calls, Free Data
|Posted by Narinder Singh|