I was recently on a trip in China and while I was there I bought myself a SIMM with a data plan to use Skype and to play the game Ingress. As a technologically advanced and well-developed nation I expected that the communications system and technology in general would be advanced, stable and ubiquitous. I was wrong.
I found that more than half the time I could not connect through Skype to a foreign number even though I was using their paid service. When I finally connected the quality was good but actually getting that connection was the issue both in Beijing and Shanghai. When it came to playing Ingress, I could barely connect in Beijing and only managed to connect a couple of times in Shanghai. Even then feedback was slow and unreliable. Many foreign sites are blocked in China with sites like Facebook and YouTube regularly off limits and other sites I would normally use were also difficult to reach in some places.
In the general market, finding Apple devices was easy, as were smartphones like those from Samsung. There were also a lot of local devices on sale but you had to take care where and what you bought, as I was offered a Galaxy S4 for 3,700 baht at one store and while it looked like the real thing it would have had to have been a fake or copy of some kind at that price.
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