Want to use the public phones in Hong Kong, think again, if you’re making a local call you’re much better off using the phones in shops, restaurants and public offices, which are free.
You see, local phone calls in Hong Kong are actually free, that is landline to landline, not to mobile phones. Calls from phone boxes are not free, that’s one of the reasons you’ll see very few public phone boxes in Hong Kong an even fewer people using them. You should also be wary of your hotel phone, as hotels often impose a discretionary charge for local calls.
Where Can I Make Phone Calls for Free in Hong Kong?
- Hong Kong Airport has a number of complimentary phones; ask at information for the nearest handset.
- Many public offices, such as libraries and museums, will have a complimentary phone for visitors.
- Almost all shopping malls and large skyscraper office buildings have a complimentary phone either in front of reception or at reception. Don’t be shy about asking, locals freely use the phones.
- Some major shops will have phones for use by customers, including many 7-Elevens.
Remember, you shouldn’t abuse the system and phone calls should be kept short. 7-Eleven is not the place for a two hour, state of the company, conference call.