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Setting up Internet plans

Source: Changjiang Weekly 03/25/2016 05:03:27

Communicating with friends and family back home can be a problem for expatriates living in China. Sometimes communicating with people locally can be something of a challenge as well. Setting up an Internet plan will help you get connected again.

Getting connected to the Internet in Wuhan is not exceptionally challenging. In fact, it is actually quite convenient. There are various ways to access the Internet. Most people use ADSL. Most people use plans provided by the state-owned China Telecom (中国电信) or Great Wall Broadband Network (长城宽带). The last one is perhaps the better choice; it offers cheaper plans.

First you need to select a plan. Speeds range from 4M to 20M, and prices vary accordingly. The 4M Plan provided by China Telecom is priced at a rate of RMB 999/1 year; Great Wall Broadband Network offers the same service at a rate of RMB 300/six months. Regardless of which plan you choose, you will need to pay for your service in six-month installments.

Once you have chosen a plan, you can call the China Telecom service hotline at '10000' or Great Wall Broadband Network at '96769' and tell them which plan you want to purchase. You can also apply online; there are options available on the respective websites for both of these companies. Their staff will arrange for a certified technician to install an Internet line in your home. They will arrive at your home within two days of the day you submitted your request. In many cases, they can do next-day installment.

If you would like to have wireless Internet at home, you can purchase a wireless Internet router. You can purchase a quality wireless router for around RMB 150 at any digital supply store. After you install it and set it up, you can access the Internet in your home with mobile devices like cell phones, iPads, and so on.

Other Internet options

When you are out and about, there are plenty of other ways to get online.

Internet cafes

There are numerous Internet cafes (网吧) in Wuhan. Most of them are located near schools and university campuses. Many of these places require a form of identification. Foreign students, please be sure to bring your passport or student identification card, if you have one, with you.

Free public Wi-Fi

Wireless Internet is available in many public places. In many restaurants, especially Western franchises like McDonalds and Starbucks, shopping centers, and office complexes, there is typically free wireless internet available for public use.

Note: Please remember that public networks are not secure. The security of your personal data is not guaranteed when you use public internet services.