SmarTone Mobile Communications Limited
is a mobile phone operator in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of two Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China , the other being Macau. A city-state situated on China's south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour...
. It provides mobile phone service on GSM-900, GSM-1800 and W-CDMA
W-CDMA , UMTS-FDD, UTRA-FDD, or IMT-2000 CDMA Direct Spread is an air interface standard found in 3G mobile telecommunications networks. It is the basis of Japan's NTT DoCoMo's FOMA service and the most-commonly used member of the UMTS family and sometimes used as a synonym for UMTS...
(on the 2100 MHz frequency) with the brand SmarTone
. It used to have another branding EXTRA
for its GSM-1800-only packages obtained by the acquisition of P Plus Communications
P-Plus Communications Co. Limited was a PCS/GSM company based in HK originally formed by a consortium led by PEWC, Star Paging, Telecom Finland, Telecom Paging, Asia Paging, BB Telecom, Epro Telecom, and 2 other smaller paging companies in 1995. The consortium was successful in winning the first...
The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of the listed SmarTone Telecommunications Holdings Limited
. 53% of its stake is held by Sun Hung Kai Properties. SmarTone Mobile Communications Limited also holds 72% stake in SmarTone Macao.
SmarTone was launched by Sun Hung Kai Properties and ABC Communications in 1992, and it started operations in March 1993. The new branding SmarTone-Vodafone
was officially launched in April 2005 following a partnership agreement with Vodafone
Vodafone Group Plc is a global telecommunications company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is the world's largest mobile telecommunications company measured by revenues and the world's second-largest measured by subscribers , with around 341 million proportionate subscribers as of...
in December 2004.
19 Sept 2011, SmarTone Telecommunications Holdings Limited announced that it will not renew its marketing cooperation with Vodafone Group Plc., and will revert its brand to SmarTone from December.