As 5G commercial use looms in China, user participation is rising fast.
The full-scale launch of 5G commercial use is yet to start, but China all three telecom operators have started accepting pre-subscription from users.
China Mobile, the country's largest telecom operator, was the first to start this kind of activity on September 20. China Unicom and China Telecom followed suit 9 days later, with both starting their event on September 29.
As of October 5, pre-subscription for all the three firms have reached 8.5 million, in which China Mobile alone took a share of about 60 percent with a whopping 5.21 million.
For China Unicom and China Telecom, the numbers are 1.55 million and 1.7 million respectively.
As cnTechPost mentioned yesterday, a leaked document gave us a glimps to how the operators price their 5G services.
According to the document, China Unicom is offering 5G services to early customers with the monthly fees starting at 199 yuan ($28).
The package contains 500 minutes of phone calls and 40 GB of domestic data. The download speed under this package will be as high as 500 Mbps.
For those who use up all the data quota, the extra charge will be 5 yuan per GB.
This package is quite expensive to a regular user in China, where the average monthly bill for telecom service in 48 yuan.
But good news is Unicom is offering discounts in its pre-subscription. All users are eligible to a 20 percent off, and if you are with Unicom for 3 years or more then the discount can go up to 30 percent. China Telecom and China Mobile both have similiar discounts.