Carrier AT&T roaming in China access to Google/YouTube/Facebook

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bniu, Apr 21, 2018.

  1. bniu macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2010
    Sometimes in China I use the AT&T daypass which is ok at $10/day and my stays are only a few days so a local sim doesn’t save me much. I noticed that when I’m roaming, I’m able to YouTube/google/Facebook all I want even read stuff about Tiananmen Sq with no problems at all.

    Is this because since I’m roaming from a US carrier, the Chinese government firewall isn’t concerned about what I see since I’m just a visitor? Or is it because in the background AT&T is VPNing me back to a stateside server?
  2. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    It doesn’t block visitors based on your international SIM Card. It’s not a VPN.
  3. matthewyip macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2010
    All traffic are routed back to AT&T network in the US then connect to the destination website server so you are not affected by Great Firewall of China. It is the same for other US carriers like T-Mobile.
  4. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Oh heck if this so simple, even Chinese should do this more often, $10/day a lot better than deal with funky VPN, I hear.
  5. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    China has a dedicated line specifically for those users who are roaming internationally, such as using AT&T card to access the internet. I used Optus to roam when I travelled to China a while ago, and I had no problem accessing Facebook YouTube etc with that Optus SIM card.
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    $10 is the equivalent of ¥60 a day. Imagine if you need to pay $60 a day to bypass GFW. Do you want it?
  6. nicho macrumors 68020

    Feb 15, 2008
    Actually in this case it works pretty much exactly like a VPN.
  7. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Not on a permanent basis no, but I hear complains of youtuber trying to upload their stuff and takes forever because of unreliable VPN. When you are up on a deadline, money is no object.
  8. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    Sure. Curse the GFW for unreliable VPN like anywhere else (minus NK).

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