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Wifi hotspot on a street

For access to commercial Wifi hot-spots mainly provided by PCCW and Y5ZONE one week of unlimited usage costs $9 (Nov 2011). Those companies also have daily, weekly and monthly plans ($20 and $13 per month for PCCW and Y5ZONE, respectively). Some restaurants such as McDonald's and cafés as Starbucks provide 20 minutes of free WIFI access provided by Y5ZONE.

Most hotels these days, even down market ones, provide Wi-Fi access in their lobbies to their guests. Free wifi may also be available in some shopping malls and the airport. There are also some fixed internet terminals at the airport and in a number of MTR stations. Citybus and NWFB also provide free wifi service on some of their buses, notably the Cityflyer, the service run by Citybus which connects the downtown Hong Kong Island & Kowloon with the Airport. The government also offers a big network of free WIFI hot spots in most government premises and public libraries.

3G-enabled phone users can choose a temporary 3G plan from different operators. Some operators offer an unlimited 3G access for a week at a reasonable price. The city's [five] mobile operators all have branded shops where such SIM cards are sold without requirement for registration.

Network / ISP minimum pre-stored
value
HKD
budget for 7 days
HKD USD £
Three (3HK) 98 198 25.26 19.37 16.24
SmarTone (數碼通) 48 168 21.65 16.60 13.92
one2free 48 78 10.05 7.71 6.46
PCCW (電訊盈科) 68 depends on data usage
CMHK (中國移動) 88 38 4.90 3.75 3.15