Sina Tech, 3/18/14
China Unicom (NYSE: CHU; 0762.HK; 600050.SH) has announced the launch of its 4G trial network in 25 cities across China, available to select China Unicom customers from March 18 to May 31. The company plans to introduce 4G services in 300 cities by the end of 2014.
China Unicom has also launched a 4G/3G integrated service package. New China Unicom customers can apply directly for the new plan, while existing 2G/3G users wishing to maintain their current mobile numbers can apply to upgrade to 4G/3G plans once commercial 4G service is rolled out on April 18.
China Unicom is offering 8 versions of its integrated 4G/3G package, priced from RMB 76/month to RMB 596/month. The RMB 166 plan, for example, includes 500 minutes of domestic voice and video calling, and 2GB of mobile data per month. Additional minutes and data cost RMB 0.15 per minute and RMB 60 per GB, respectively.
Customers are not charged for additional data usage over RMB 600, but data services for their handsets will be shut off after they reach 15GB of data use. Regular data usage restarts the following month. China Unicom customers can individually purchase 1GB of data for RMB 100, with single-serve data valid over a six-month period.