Local China Phone Numbers

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Beijing and Shanghai prefixes- $17.95 per month*

  • Get a Chinese phone number to receive calls | Forward the calls to a regular phone number or smartphone (SIP, VoIP etc.) - optional PBX system
  • Use our cloud phone system if you want to send the calls to more than 1 person | Call Menus | extensions | Great for businesses
  • "China Telecom" is the large government owned operator in China | Population is 1.4 billion (2022)
  • Limitations:
  • Can't be used for outgoing calls and can only be registered for business use
  • Document Requirements:
  • Photo Identification and company registration certificate
  • 2 Proofs of address no older than 6 months (i.e. bill, statement, invoice)
  • Let us know how you plan on using the phone number (for the record)

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3 core options with every China phone number

  • These settings can be changed anytime via your FlyNumber panel
  • 1. Forward the China FlyNumber to any regular phone number
  • Core FlyNumber feature and can be updated via your panel on the "fly" (pun intended)
  • No PBX or phone system involved when using this option
  • Anytime our system needs to send calls to a regular phone number, there is a low per min rate
  • More info on call forwarding

  • 2. Use the FlyNumber with our hosted pbx-phone system
  • This is optional. You can always go back to one of the other core options other (1. Regular Phone or 3. Voip/SIP)
  • It's $14.95 a month + the price of the China phone number (shown top of page)
  • If you forward to a reg. phone number and/or make outgoing calls - a per min rate applies
  • IVR/Voice Menu | Record Calls | On-Hold/Queue | Time-based routing | SIP Accounts | Voicemail and more
  • Within the PBX, core features (1. and 3.) are expanded to a great degree
  • Use the PBX to make outgoing calls with your virtual phone number
  • More info on the phone system

  • 3. Set the China virtual phone number directly to VoIP
  • Core FlyNumber feature - set the China phone number to any SIP address (URI/host)
  • PBX not involved | Update settings instantly | Detailed logs (including failed attempts)
  • Using the SIP protocal (VoIP) might be the most effecnent way of answering calls, it would involve the fewset amount of "hops"
  • Your China FlyNumber can be used with 3CX | Asterisk | FreePBX | FreeSwitch among other VoIP solution
  • There are no additional charges when receiving calls this way - Unlimited incoming minutes
  • Set your China DID phone number to one of our "easy setup" voip providers
  • Every FlyNumber comes with 2 incoming channels (with the ability to purchase more soon)
  • More info on using VoIP

Buy a China virtual phone number in 3 easy steps

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1.) Choose a country and city for your phone number

2.) How would you like to use the FlyNumber? (change this anytime)

3.) Configuration Options

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The history behind Chinese phone numbers

The history of Chinese phone numbers dates back to the 19th century, when Western countries began to introduce telecommunication systems to China. The first telephone exchange was established in Shanghai in 1881, and by 1907, there were telephone networks in major cities such as Beijing, Tianjin, and Wuhan.

The early Chinese phone numbers were short, typically consisting of just a few digits. In the early 20th century, as the telephone network expanded, longer phone numbers became necessary. By the 1950s, phone numbers in major cities like Beijing and Shanghai were generally seven digits long.

In the 1980s, China began to adopt a standardized national numbering plan. Under this system, phone numbers were divided into three parts: an area code, a central office code, and a line number. The area code was used to identify the region of the country, the central office code identified the specific telephone exchange, and the line number identified the individual telephone line.

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Technical info on Chinese phone numbers

In China, phone numbers are made up of 11 digits, with the first three digits representing the area code. The second digit is usually a 3, 5, or 8, which are considered lucky numbers in Chinese culture. Mobile phone numbers in China typically start with the prefixes 13, 15, 17, 18, or 19, while landline numbers typically start with the prefixes 0, 2, or 3.

The Chinese government regulates phone numbers and requires users to register their phone number with their real name and identification number, which is linked to a national database. This system is meant to help prevent fraud and other illegal activities.


  • Wasn't the internet supposed to make phone calls more affordable?
  • FlyNumber works great if you just launched a start-up and you're on a shoestring budget
  • Is your business already off the ground but you'd rather not spend hundreds of dollars a month on phone service?
  • We come from a "mom and pop" type background, rooted in the international diversity that is NYC. We understand business.
  • Buy multiple international local phone numbers and manage them all from your FlyNumber account

Family and friends

  • Stay in touch with family and friends by giving them a phone number "local to them"
  • For example you have friends or family in the U.S. but now live elsewhere, you can give them a US FlyNumber that forwards directly to your smartphone
  • Great for expats that want to stay in touch with friends and family from their hometown
  • Give family members who aren't tech savvy an easy way to reach you no matter where you are
  • Grandma or Grandpa would love a simple local phone number they can dial that connects them to their loved ones

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Why choose FlyNumber?

  • You "own" the China phone number, you can port out if necessary
  • No obligations | Cancel anytime | Never any hidden fee's | No contracts
  • You're billed based on the phone number, not users or agents
  • Detailed call logs that you can export to CSV, we don't retain the logs past a certain point
  • Logs include multiple responses - Ok (connected), declined, timeout, internal server error, request terminated and more
  • Set a credit card/Paypal for recurring billing or add funds manually to your prepaid balance
  • Easily add multiple phone numbers to your account
  • Starting at $2.95 a month for U.S numbers as well as Canada, the U.K. and others

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* If you use an app (ie VoIP), it's unlimited incoming using this method.