National Business Daily, 5/04/11
China Unicom (NYSE: CHU; 0762.HK; 600050.SH) subsidiary Hunan Unicom has announced the launch of an auxiliary data SIM card service, following commercial trials by Zhejiang Unicom last year. The service allows users in both provinces to apply for an additional SIM card for data services only (no SMS or voice support), with all charges applied to the user's primary SIM card. One domestic handset manufacturer claimed that the new service is intended for use with the iPad 3G and is being used by China Unicom (NYSE: CHU; 0762.HK; 600050.SH) in negotiations with Apple for the tablet.
Zhejiang Unicom held commercial trials of the auxiliary data SIM card between December 1 last year and March 31 this year. Both Zhejiang Unicom and Hunan Unicom currently offer the new card for an additional charge of just RMB 5 per month. According to a source inside China Unicom, the service will gradually be introduced throughout the country.