What we're looking at here is the entrance to the PCCW Customer Service Center in Sheung Wan, where my girlfriend and I spent the better part of an hour on the first day of our Christmas vacation. We had a big problem: neither of our Hong Kong Tourist SIMs
It was especially aggravating because we thought we were ahead of the game; my girlfriend's sister had bought these SIMs and brought them to us in Toronto last summer, so that we'd have them in our phones ready to go from the moment we landed. Months later and exactly according to plan I swapped SIMs in our pair of Nexus 5s (because someone wasn't yet ready for their OnePlus One
) as we started our final descent into HKIA.
What's especially convenient about these Tourist SIMs is that there's no required futzing with activation codes; you literally pop in the SIM, reboot and you're ready to go. So you can understand my frustration when neither of them yielded a signal, even after multiple reboots, manual checking of APNs, and every other diagnostic I could think of. We did have WiFi access on the train into town and likewise at our hotel—but dammit, this was the 21st Century, where the Internet was supposed to follow you wherever you go. Our current predicament clearly wouldn't do.