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China SIM Card 1GB 4G LTE data + 50 mins local calls or 100 texts, Free Shipping! Free Incoming Calls and Texts
China SIM Card 1GB 4G LTE data + 50 mins local calls or 100 texts, Free Shipping! Free Incoming Calls and Texts
Offered by LvyCom
Price: $28.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this before China trip if you don't want to pay hefty roaming charges, June 14, 2016
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
If you're traveling to China and don't want to roam on your US-based cell plan, this is your best bet, assuming you have an unlocked LTE phone that works on China Unicom's 4G LTE network. (SIM-free iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, and SE bought from Apple in the U.S. all work. SIM-free iPhone 5s and 5c should also work. Unlocked AT&T or T-Mobile iPhones of the above models will work. IPhones prior to 5s (5, 4s, ...) will give you voice but not LTE data, maybe 3G or 2G data. Android phones bought outside of China mostly will NOT work; you'll have to find out if your Android phone can be used in China and in particular can work on China Unicom's network. Many might give you 1G or 2G data speeds but definitely not LTE.)

The reason you want to get this instead of waiting until you land in China is, since last year, Chinese authorities have made it very difficult to foreigners to buy SIM cards, espeically via official channels. This card charges more than a card you get in China but in dollar terms the markup is not too steep, and you just can't beat the convenience.

(Also, SIM cards sold in China are locally oriented, meaning you pay roaming charges for voice and data outside of the locality where you buy them. This is a national card for all of mainland China -- not including HK or Macau or, of course, Taiwan. A different card gives you 2GB of LTE data plus 100 free calls to the U.S. from China plus calls and texts inside of mainland China; see my review there.)

Lvycom, the seller, responded to my activation email within 5 minutes and told me my number was activated. I waited a few hours, then inserted the SIM into a SIM-free iPhone 6s Plus (turn off the phone before you insert the SIM!!). I turned on my iPhone and within 5 minutes I was roaming on the AT&T network. Per Lvycom instructions, I turned off cellular data on my 6s Plus; will turn it on when traveling in China.

With this particular SIM card, you get 1GB of LTE data and 50 minutes of outgoing calls in mainland China, plus free incoming calls and texts. Outside of China (USA, HK, Japan, etc....) you only get free incoming SMS texts. You can refill on voice and data (separately) on Lvycom's partner website. The card expires 90 days after activation, which is important due to Chinese regulations that blacklist people who buy SIM cards but let the cards lapse without cancelling the account at an official store.

I bought this so we could use FaceTime, iMessage and WeChat when traveling in China and when we can't find Wi-Fi. While we haven't used China Unicom's LTE yet, independent reviews from within China give high marks to the carrier's new LTE networks.

Lvycom has friendly support in English via email. This is probably the best and most reliable Chinese SIM card you can get here in the U.S.
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iPhone SE Case, FYY [Luxury Gold] Premium PU Leather Wallet Case All-Powerful Cover for Apple iPhone SE (2016 Release)/5s/5 Gold
iPhone SE Case, FYY [Luxury Gold] Premium PU Leather Wallet Case All-Powerful Cover for Apple iPhone SE (2016 Release)/5s/5 Gold
Offered by FYY US Tech
Price: $7.95
2 used & new from $7.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, solid case for iPhone SE and 5s, June 11, 2016
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
I purchased this case for my mom's new SE. For the price it's surprisingly well made. With the SE inside and folded, it's a tad bulky but not too bad. It does appear to offer good protection against drops. It's also easy to use, like holding the SE to your ear when on a call. Mom likes it a lot.


iPhone SE Case, iPhone SE/5/5s Case Clear with Cute Cartoon Pattern, ESR Protective Case Skin Cover [Mania Series]Ultra Thin Case Soft TPU Back Cover for iPhone SE / 5S /5 (Shoo-in)
iPhone SE Case, iPhone SE/5/5s Case Clear with Cute Cartoon Pattern, ESR Protective Case Skin Cover [Mania Series]Ultra Thin Case Soft TPU Back Cover for iPhone SE / 5S /5 (Shoo-in)

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent clear case with a cool graphic design, June 11, 2016
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This is a nice clear case for the SE (and 5s, of course). It fits snugly and is easy to put on and take off. It probably offers minimal protection against scratches but I didn't want a bulky case. The reach for the apple design is simple and nice. It shows off my rose gold SE nicely.

If you want your SE's screen protected, you'll need a separate screen protector.


China SIM Card 2GB 4G data + 100 mins to US or Canada + 50 mins local calls or 100 texts, Free Shipping! Free incoming calls and texts!
China SIM Card 2GB 4G data + 100 mins to US or Canada + 50 mins local calls or 100 texts, Free Shipping! Free incoming calls and texts!
Offered by LvyCom
Price: $45.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for your China trip - buy this before you get there to avoid big hassles, June 11, 2016
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
I bought this China Unicom SIM card with its described data+voice plan sold by LvyCom ahead of a trip to China. It arrived by Prime shipping and I emailed LvyCom my passport and order info and the assigned phone number. They replied within a couple of hours (even though it was probably 3 or 4 am their local time). I inserted the nano SIM (an adapter is included in the small package) into my iPhone SE. At first it couldn't find the roaming partner, AT&T here in the U.S. I waited a few hours. Still no service. So I turned my SE off and on, and there it is, "AT&T". In China, it'll be on the China Unicom network, China's 2nd largest but most advanced mobile carrier.

This card comes with 2GB of LTE data in China (less in other countries due to roaming charges). The voice part is a bit confusing. It seems this is not an official China Unicom package. However, the BIG advantage is the SIM account automatically terminates after 90 days, unless you opt to extend it by buying a "keep my number" package on LvyCom's website (or their partner's website). If you bought an official SIM from China Unicom or China Mobile or China Telecom, you would be required to cancel your SIM card at an official store or risk being blacklisted from ever buying a China SIM again. (Remember, they require your passport info to activate a SIM account with any of the carriers.)

Cost-wise, it's more costly than buying a SIM in China, but latest Chinese regulations make it a hassle for foreigners to do so, especially on a temporary basis, so it's really best to buy one here, ahead of your trip. LvyCom and its partner also make it easy to understand the a la carte options when it comes to refilling: data, China voice, international voice. Plus you can pay with your American credit card as opposed to the fact if you buy a SIM or refill in China, you must pay with cash or a Chinese credit card.

In the end, the cost differential is not that big, and the convenience of having a working Chinese SIM before your trip is unbeatable. I myself intend to use my SE mostly for WeChat, since our business clients, partners and friends in China are all on WeChat, and WeChat is like phone and iMessage and FaceTime and Twitter and Facebook all-in-one. From what my friends told me, 2GB should last me about 2 weeks as long as I don't do video calls.


Playstation Plus 1 Year Membership
Playstation Plus 1 Year Membership
Offered by Ea Electronics
Price: $48.99
51 used & new from $42.74

5.0 out of 5 stars Card from Ea Electronics works flawlessly, June 8, 2016
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
I bought this from Ea Electronics with Prime shipping. Saved about 5 bucks vs. buying retail and paying sales tax. It worked and added one year to my PS+ subscription. PS+ is the best.


Beginning Swift Games Development for iOS
Beginning Swift Games Development for iOS
by James Goodwill
Edition: Paperback
Price: $39.99
54 used & new from $22.61

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Desperately needs updates as promised by authors, May 1, 2016
I'm using the kindle edition. This could have been a useful book except as of today there seem to be no updates to the source codes to make them work with the latest version of Swift. I checked apress website and also the lead author's blog site as given in the introduction. A lot of things will not work in 2016.


DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: China
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: China
by DK
Edition: Paperback
Price: $22.03
59 used & new from $8.59

1.0 out of 5 stars Written by people who hate Chinese, April 4, 2016
This book, while featuring some great photos, is marred by the writers' and editors' deep-rooted hatred toward the Han Chinese (the ethnic majority in China, like Caucasians in the U.S., but accounting for 91% of China's population). Every time when China's minorities are mentioned, the Han are described as cruel and uncultured and ruthless and barbarian. (The book does not mention China's vast, overt affirmative action programs for its ethnic minorities.) Imagine a Chinese tour guide on UK constantly reminding its readers how the English have always mistreated the Irish and Scottish, or one on U.S. incessantly telling the reader how the European settlers caused the deaths of tens of millions of native Americans or how U.S. politicians "stole" vast tracts of land or how white cops shoot every black they suspect of crime. You get my point. If you go to another country with a bigoted attitude that's displayed in a book like this, you will likely miss the spirit of the country and even get yourself into serious trouble.


Combo Kit Nixxell Battery (2pack) and charger for Panasonic DMW-BCM13 DMW-BCM13PP Lumix DMC-FT5 DMC-LZ40 DMC-TS5 DMC-TZ37 DMC-TZ40 DMC-TZ41 DMC-TZ55 DMC-TZ60 DMC-ZS27 DMC-ZS30 DMC-ZS35 DMC-ZS40
Combo Kit Nixxell Battery (2pack) and charger for Panasonic DMW-BCM13 DMW-BCM13PP Lumix DMC-FT5 DMC-LZ40 DMC-TS5 DMC-TZ37 DMC-TZ40 DMC-TZ41 DMC-TZ55 DMC-TZ60 DMC-ZS27 DMC-ZS30 DMC-ZS35 DMC-ZS40
Offered by Alfatronix
Price: $17.99
2 used & new from $14.84

5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty nice kit necessary for a6000 photography on the go, April 3, 2016
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
The two batteries and charger work well, although the charger is a bit too bulky to fit comfortably in Sony's official camera bag for the a6000. You also must take care to seat the battery properly to get it recharged. So far the whole kit appears to have been reliable and the batteries appear to be of high quality.


The Chinas Cultural Revolution (Japanese Edition)
The Chinas Cultural Revolution (Japanese Edition)
Price: $2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A brief intro to Cultural Revolution, in Japanese only, April 3, 2016
Note: this title is entirely in Japanese.

This slim book is a collection of four concisely written notes on the history of China's Cultural Revolution and its major players from Mao to Peng to Jiang to Deng. What I like is the references to relevant previous events that the author includes for important turning points in those hectic years. There isn't a lot of analysis, just a chronology of major events and what they meant.

Good for a really quick introduction to the CR. But you must be able to read Japanese to read this.


iOS 9 Application Development in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself (7th Edition)
iOS 9 Application Development in 24 Hours, Sams Teach Yourself (7th Edition)
by John Ray
Edition: Paperback
Price: $31.86
54 used & new from $24.59

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best introductory iOS development book at this time, March 27, 2016
I decided to learn iOS app development, as I needed a new job/career. I checked out a few titles at my local bookstore as well as public libraries. This is by far the best title and it's mostly up to date, covering iOS 9.2. (9.3 was just released as I write this.) More important both theory and practice are explained clearly. Each chapter (called "hour" in this long-running series) took more than an hour for me to read through and get the hang of it, so the whole book took a week of full time reading just to understand what the tools and skills involve. I'm starting to read another round to start doing real work.

If you need one introductory iOS development book like I did, this is the title to get. The Kindle edition is a lot cheaper but far less readable than the paperback, especially because the Kindle apps keep reformatting the book making it hard to follow.


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