Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) and free to air TV broadcaster Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) have launched a new joint mobile service plan offering a shared data allocation for customers roaming internationally.
The new plan includes a free Global Phone, an Android-based smartphone that uses CloudSIM technology to provide mobile network service across more than 60 countries and territories.
The Global Phone also supports dual SIM technology to allow local mobile network service to be activated by inserting a local SIM into the device.
Customers will receive 5GB of monthly global data usage, as well as between 3GB and 12GB of local data depending on plan tier. Prices start at HK$198 ($25.22) per month.
New customers porting their mobile number from any other operator will be granted 2GB of bonus data on the base 3GB plan, and existing HKBN broadband, home phone or mobile service customers registering the plan will be provided a HK$58 monthly discount.
Via the partnership with TVB, the Global Phone will come pre-loaded with a 24-month subscription to TVB's MyTV SUPER App as well as its TVB Anywhere App for use in mainland China and other overseas markets.
“Today, many Hong Kongers and companies are still paying a lot for roaming. We’re determined to put an end to the era of exorbitant roaming charges, so that Hong Kongers can enjoy high-speed, high-quality mobile data services at great prices, at home and abroad,” HKBN CEO William Yeung said.