China Mobile's Beijing branch has started recruiting users to participate in a six-month free-of-charge 4G services trial.
This activity will be reportedly implemented in 13 Chinese cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenyang, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Qingdao, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Chengdu. So far, users in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Chengdu, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen can sign up for the trial; and the application will be soon available in other cities.
Information from the official website of China Mobile Beijing shows that China Mobile provides three kinds of devices in this 4G user experience trial, including 4G data cards, which are much faster than the 3G ones; Mi-Fi devices that can switch 4G Internet signal into Wi-Fi signal for mobile phones, iPads and laptops; and 4G wireless gateway devices for small- and medium-sized enterprise and family users. However, no 4G mobile phone is currently available for the user experience.
A customer service person from China Mobile Beijing said that the qualified applicants will be China Mobile Beijing users who have used the China Mobile network for over 12 months, spent more than CNY50 on the network on average in the past three months, have no arrears record, and used at least 50M data traffic on average in the past three months. Those who pass the check will be able to choose one of the three devices for six months of free use after paying a CNY500 deposit.
During the testing period, users need to use at least 100M traffic every month, and the upper limit is 15G. By actively participating in testing surveys and meeting the traffic requirement, users can get back the CNY500 deposit when the trial is over.