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As my arrival date (21st November) draws nearer I'm beginning to think of 101 questions none of which are probably that important in the great scheme of things. This must be normal. I can't be alone here. Right? 

The latest dilemma I'm facing is what to do with my Netflix and Spotify subscriptions - sadly, I am STUCK with my phone contract. Will I still be able to use my usual streaming services out in China or is it worth cancelling them before I leave? I use both Netflix and Spotify daily and will definitely need something to fill their void if I can't use them.

On a similar note, I know that WeChat is a staple for life in China, but what other apps do people recommend? 

Can't wait for your recommendations! 

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Comment by Thembelihle "Lihle" Ncayiyana on October 23, 2018 at 12:19pm

So with something like express VPN you'll be good to watch your series but brace yourself for the slowest internet connection of your entire life. as opposed to streaming we just download the episodes instead and then binge watch :) 

Comment by Olivia Seaton-Hill on October 21, 2018 at 1:41am

These responses are both helpful and reassuring - thank you both!

Do either of you have any idea roughly how much I should be paying for a VPN? I had a look on ExpressVPN but couldn't see prices. I think I'm definitely going to need help setting that up once I get there. Very glad to hear that I can keep my Spotify and Netflix subscriptions.

Do either of you have experience with said SIM card? Is it expensive, is there a set plan, what does it include? 

Comment by Jessica Narvaez on October 17, 2018 at 7:38am

From what I can tell, ExpressVPN seems to be the go-to VPN for expats in China. You can install or configure it on as many devices as you like (i.e., computers, mobile devices, streaming media consoles and wireless routers). With one subscription, you'll be able to connect up to 3 devices on any platform simultaneously. I also asked one of their reps about Spotify & this is what she said... “It should work with the VPN. As Spotify is not really into IP restriction. It is just that China is not allowing it. With the VPN, you should be able to bypass that block.”

But yea, I’m keeping my Spotify, Hulu, and Netflix subscriptions. 

Comment by Dalton Montoya on October 15, 2018 at 12:49pm


From my understanding, with a VPN, I know that Netflix would work out there. I don't know how fast the internet is out there. And for Spotify, I am on the same boat as you and do not know if it would work out there. With the phone, from what I've read in the welcome packet, they will give you a SIM card. The only think is, make sure that your phone is unlocked, meaning that it isn't region locked. From what I've read, all apple phone products (from iPhone 6 and up) are all unlocked, but check with your phone provider before your departure. 

Hopefully this helps out a little! If I find out more later on, I will let you know!


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