The city has an advanced telecom infrastructure. Mobile operators support GSM and CDMA cell phones. China Telecom is the biggest fixed-line telecom operator.
China Mobile and China Unicom are the two mobile operators. China Mobile has an extensive GSM network while China Unicom supports both GSM and CDMA cell phones.
The mobile network is very extensive and powerful in Changde. Both GSM and CDMA cell phones have networks. The city supports high-speed wireless networks based on GPRS and WAP.
How to apply
Here, it's better for you to buy a flexible card, which enables you to top up your account at any time. All the telecom outlets sell such prepaid sim cards. Yitong card and Jiajia card offer the international call service.
You can top up your mobile phone either with top-up vouchers which are available in all telecom outlets, or at the city's official utility payment website which is accessible from here. Please ensure that you have an account at a local bank to use the online payment system.
Foreigners who will settle down in the city also have many international calls can apply a Quanqiu Tong card. Before applying, you should have a local guarantor and take your passport and other official documents to the outlets of China Mobile,Changde.
If you bring your own cell phone from your home country, you need to check with your operator before coming to Changde for the rates, because you may be charged with both international long distance calls as well as international roaming charges.
Most Internet cafes in Changde don't have pleasant conditions, but they charge very low. Remember the Chinese characters "网吧" for Internet cafe.
You can also hook up to broadband connection, choosing from ADSL, Cable, FTTP+LAN and Homepna. Some operators also offer wireless LAN. Users can build their own wireless LAN after installing a wireless router at home. You can go to any outlet of China Telecom, with your passport and the guarantor's ID card to apply. The customer service number is 10000.