Thailand Guide

Travel Tips: Guide to choosing a Thailand local prepaid SIM card

In Thailand, what mobile prepaid SIM cards are available?
When looking for Thailand Prepaid SIM card, you can opt for One-2-call (AIS GSM), Happy SIM (DTAC Prepaid), or Inter SIM (True Move Prepaid).

***Sim card prices may vary depending on the current promotion run by the telco (above data were gathered on 15th May, 2011)

Where you can buy Prepaid SIM Card from Thailand?

At Suvarnabhumi Airport:
All the three mobile providers have a sales centre at the Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok

Beyond the Suvarnabhumi Airport:
The best places to buy these prepaid SIMs beyond the Airport, are from the 7-Eleven stores, which seem to be everywhere in built up shopping / tourist areas.

 

How you can activate a new Thailand Prepaid SIM Card?

In order to start making and receiving calls on your new prepaid SIM card, it is necessary to ensure that your number is activated. Different providers have different procedure through which their new SIM Cards can be activated. A common way to activate a SIM card is to try dialing any number from your new prepaid SIM card. Service providers usually write such steps in user guide which is enclosed in any new starter pack.

The safest way to activate your SIM card is to ask for assistance from the sales outlet during the time of purchase. Otherwise you can call the hotline or customer care line of the particular provider:

  • One-2-call (AIS GSM): Call 1175 (One-2-call Customer Care), or + 66 2299 5000 (AIS GSM Customer Care, for non-One-2-call users).
  • Happy SIM (DTAC): Call 1678 and press 7 for English or + 66 2202 8000 (Happy SIM Customer Care, for non- Happy SIM users).
  • True Move Prepaid: Call 1331 (TrueMove Care Contact), or + 66 89100 1331 (TrueMove Care, for non- TrueMove users).

 

How you can activate a new Thailand Prepaid SIM Card?

In order to start making and receiving calls on your new prepaid SIM card, it is necessary to ensure that your number is activated. Different providers have different procedure through which their new SIM Cards can be activated.

A common way to activate a SIM card is to try dialing any number from your new prepaid SIM card. Service providers usually write such steps in user guide which is enclosed in any new starter pack.

The safest way to activate your SIM card is to ask for assistance from the sales outlet during the time of purchase. Otherwise you can call the hotline or customer care line of the particular provider:

One-2-call (AIS GSM): Call 1175 (One-2-call Customer Care), or + 66 2299 5000 (AIS GSM Customer Care, for non-One-2-call users).

Happy SIM (DTAC): Call 1678 and press 7 for English or + 66 2202 8000 (Happy SIM Customer Care, for non- Happy SIM users).

True Move Prepaid: Call 1331 (TrueMove Care Contact), or + 66 89100 1331 (TrueMove Care, for non- TrueMove users).

 

Rates


One-2-call (AIS GSM)

Happy SIM (DTAC Prepaid)

Inter SIM (True Move Prepaid)
Local Call RateTHB 2.00/minTHB 2.00/minTHB 1.07/min
International Call to MalaysiaTHB 9.00/minTHB 9.00/minTHB 4.28/min
Send Local SMSTHB 3.00/160 charactersTHB 3.00/160 charactersTHB 3.21/160 characters
Send International SMSTHB 5.00/160 charactersTHB 5.00/160 charactersTHB 5.35/160 characters
Data ChargesPackage: THB 49 per day for Unlimited EDGE/GPRS

To activate: Dial *138*49# after receiving internet settings from One-2-call
Casual rate: THB 1.07/min


Package:
THB 99.00 for 30MB/month; or
THB 660.00 for 3GB/month
Daily Internet: THB 49 per day gives 1 day of Unlimited EDGE/GPRS; 3 hours of Wi-Fi; or 1 hour of 3G
To activate: SMS D2 to 9789


Hourly internet: THB 99 per month gives 20 hours combined usage of EDGE/GPRS and Wi-Fi; or 5 hour of 3G
To activate: SMS T1 to 9789

Call *9000 to apply for other value saving internet packages
Request for Internet SettingsTo activate the GPRS service and configure your phone as follows:

1) Call Customer Service at 1175,
to request for activation and internet settings.


2) Internet Settings will then be sent to your
phone through SMS. Save the settings and restart
your phone to start browsing.
To activate the GPRS service and configure your phone as follows:

1) Call Customer Service at 1678, to request for activation and internet settings.


2) Internet Settings will then be sent to your phone through SMS. Save the settings and restart your phone to start browsing.
To activate the GPRS service and configure your phone as follows:

1) Call Customer Service at 1331, to request for activation and internet settings.


2) Internet Settings will then be sent to your phone through SMS. Save the settings and restart your phone to start browsing.
Rates Info above were compiled on 29/04/2011.

Activating Unlimited Blackberry BBM Bundle in Thailand

  • Please note that provided the prepaid SIM has internet access, you can still log in to your Blackberry BBM account without subscribing to any special Blackberry BBM package.
  • All three providers have savings bundle packages for Blackberry phones.
Mobile Provider


Unlimited Data for BlackBerryHow to activate Blackberry Data Bundle
One-2-call (AIS GSM)THB 90.0 (valid for 3days )
THB 799.00 (valid for 1month)
Enter *630 and press call/send and follow the instruction flow
or
Call 1175 for assistance
Happy SIM (DTAC)THB 799.00 (valid for 1monthDial *363 on your mobile phone.
Simply follow the instructions on-screen to activate a plan of your choice.
Inter SIM (True Move Prepaid)THB 690.00 (valid for 1month)SMS BB30 to 92323 to activate the 30 Days Unlimited Blackberry and Internet package;
or
Call 1331 for assistance.

Other Important Things that You need to note:

  • It is a optional to register one’s Prepaid numbers. For foreigners travelling to Thailand, you shall be required to present a Passport (valid for at least 6months) with valid residents or visitors pass, in order to register your SIM card.
  • All mobile service providers, upon request, offer MicroSIM card to their iPhone 4 users at an extra fee of THB 69.00.

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