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    Mobile phone cards

    Hello BM
    I need some advice on what phone card company to use in LOS. The bills from my danish phone provider is to high when I come back home. So I was thinking to use a local phonecard would be better. Anyone with experience on this and what phonecard provider to use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by weitling View Post
    Hello BM
    I need some advice on what phone card company to use in LOS. The bills from my danish phone provider is to high when I come back home. So I was thinking to use a local phonecard would be better. Anyone with experience on this and what phonecard provider to use?
    DTAC or AIS are the way to go IMO.... Get the card, I think, still available from the 7/11... If you smile right, the girl will set it up for you... DON'T FORGET... if your'e phone is locked to a provider in you home country, get it unlocked before you go to Thailand
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave01 View Post
    DTAC or AIS are the way to go IMO.... Get the card, I think, still available from the 7/11... If you smile right, the girl will set it up for you... DON'T FORGET... if your'e phone is locked to a provider in you home country, get it unlocked before you go to Thailand
    Thanks for the advice Dave. I will try to smile like ever before 555. I don't think my phone is locked, but I will check to be sure.

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    If your phone is on a plan it will be locked. It will be cheaper to buy a very basic phone and leave your good one at home. Here in the post Office we can buy unlocked basic phones for $29.

    I used 12GO sim's when there and had good service, including in country areas like Korat and Phistanlok also just using for phone calls or text a 100bt lasted for a couple of weeks.
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    I have a BigC Nokia 600Bt special which is good as it takes 2 sims ... one being your 'home' phone for incoming calls and the other 'outgoing' via AIS for local Thai or TrueMove if wanting to call back home.

    True's INTERSIM allows very cheap international calls ... a few baht per minute. INTERSIM is a free give-away from True's kiosk at Suvarnabhumi adjacent ext doors. They also stock smart-phone mini-sims.
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    Kaptrob thanks, sounds good but are both sims active at same time, I had a dual number phone yonks ago but had to switch off one to use the other sim/number?
    I have a DTAC Happy sim card in an old Nokia though it costs as much for local thai calls as International calls and text but I found it very reasonable to use from UK to Thai and back to UK and no charge for incoming sms from TGF. I also refill, many times without hitch, using my credit card can add 50 to 2000 Baht on> https://store.dtac.co.th/en/irefill
    I asked about getting my Huawei unlocked whilst I was in Pattaya at Tukcom but it was not instant and a bit costly guessing they did not get that model regularly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mechime View Post
    Kaptrob thanks, sounds good but are both sims active at same time, I had a dual number phone yonks ago but had to switch off one to use the other sim/number?
    I have a DTAC Happy sim card in an old Nokia though it costs as much for local thai calls as International calls and text but I found it very reasonable to use from UK to Thai and back to UK and no charge for incoming sms from TGF. I also refill, many times without hitch, using my credit card can add 50 to 2000 Baht on> https://store.dtac.co.th/en/irefill
    I asked about getting my Huawei unlocked whilst I was in Pattaya at Tukcom but it was not instant and a bit costly guessing they did not get that model regularly.
    Yes I change from sim1 to sim2. Not a problem when used as incoming/outgoing. AIS/1-2-call is cheap for domestic calls.
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    Just beware if you are going up through some of Issan you will need AIS for the best reception.

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    Thanks for all replies and good advice's. I think I will take the AIS, because I will be most in the Isaan province

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    Quote Originally Posted by weitling View Post
    Thanks for all replies and good advice's. I think I will take the AIS, because I will be most in the Isaan province
    ^Good choice.

    Enjoy your rape and pillage visit ... 555
    Cheers, Rob.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaptainrob View Post
    ^Good choice.

    Enjoy your rape and pillage visit ... 555
    LOL I will Mr. Kaptainrob. I will tell how the attack of the Isaan province went out in a trip report when i am back, and safe in harbor.


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    Quote Originally Posted by justcruzing1 View Post
    If your phone is on a plan it will be locked.

    I think that is not the case anymore JC, I know for a fact my last 2 phones with Vodaphone were not locked, a Samsung S2 & S4 and the same 2 Samsung telephones my mate has are not locked and he is with Telstra, the last 4 or 5 trips ive done with him he takes his Telstra phone and just swaps the sim card to his Thai one.


    We have bought the phones new and have never had them unlocked.
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    NBTC tightens registration regulation for unregistered phone SIM-card use
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    January 22, 2015 1:00 am
    The users of around 90 million unregistered prepaid phone SIM cards will not be able to make calls or use data service on mobile phone devices, if they fail to register their SIM cards with their mobile phone network operators by July 31, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) announced yesterday.

    The announcement will take effect on February 1, when people with unregistered SIM cards

    can start registration. This is part of the NBTC's move to serve the government's national security policy.

    There are 110 million mobile phone SIM cards in use, of which around 100 million are prepaid SIM cards. Of this total, only around 1.6 million SIM cards were registered by users. The remaining 90 million are unregistered.

    Users have to register the cards by showing their ID cards [passport or migration licence if they are foreigners] to their mobile-phone operators within the deadline.

    If they fail to do so, they will not be able to make calls from their mobile phones or use data services - but they can still receive calls. They will be able to make calls and use data once they register with their mobile phone operators.

    The NBTC has enforced its existing regulations requiring mobile phone operators to ask all subscribers of prepaid phone SIM cards to register the cards. However, few consumers cooperated as they were reluctant to provide copies of their ID cards. Some telecom firms faced daily fines for failing to register prepaid users.

    NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasith said all users could start to register with the many channels, including 1,200 branches of KrungThai bank, 8,000 branches of 7-Eleven convenience stores, and branches of Big C, Tesco Lotus super stores plus nationwide branches of all mobile-phone operators.

    The NBTC had already made available its "two-shots" application in the middle of last year to facilitate the registration process; mobile phone operators' staff who sell SIM cards will download this application to their mobile phones. They will use the app to take a picture of the SIM card code and the buyer's ID card. The app will then immediately send the data to the NBTC's computer server, connected with the servers of the five telecom operators.

    The NBTC server will verify the identity-card information and, if correct, send the verified data back to the telecom operator's server, to activate the SIM card.

    The NBTC has paid particular attention to mobile phone SIM registration as a matter of national security over the years. Unregistered SIMs have been used reportedly by terrorists to plant bombs, as well as for fraudulent and illegal businesses.

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    Just use LINE

    I hated having to buy those cards, punch in all the numbers, lose them half the time.

    I haven't used a phone card in years

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    Just use LINE

    I hated having to buy those cards, punch in all the numbers, lose them half the time.

    I haven't used a phone card in years
    Yeah that will work, if you have wi fi....
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    Just use LINE

    I hated having to buy those cards, punch in all the numbers, lose them half the time.

    I haven't used a phone card in years
    It is SIM cards that have to be registered. Nothing to do with the phone calling cards.

    Same process as Malaysia; will no longer be able to buy a SIM and activate it without first registering it against either Thai ID or your passport.

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    Mandatory registration of SIM cards in Thailand

    The new rules come into effect on February the 1st, after which users will have 6 months to provide their personal details (name, ID, and of course the phone number in question) after which they will not be able to use their SIM.
    If you are a foreign citizen resident in Thailand, you will need to take your passport to register at any of the “subscriber information registration points” setup at Big C and Tesco Lotus, as well as 7-11 stores.

    Tourists who come to Thailand for a holiday and purchase a prepaid SIM card will simply need to show ID at the point of purchase in order to qualify as ‘registered’. This means a passport (valid for at least 6 months, which it should be anyway if you just travelled here) in order to register your SIM card.

    see also: NBTC issues registration alert
    22 January 2015

    Prepaid mobile phone users will no longer be able to use the mobile service if they fail to register their personal information under a national telecom regulator circular, effective Feb 1.
    After July 31, those failing to register subscriber information or providing incorrect information will have their mobile voice and data services terminated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarcTwoSix View Post
    Just use LINE

    I hated having to buy those cards, punch in all the numbers, lose them half the time.

    I haven't used a phone card in years
    you can punch your number in on the eftpos looking machine at the counter of 7/11's to top up too.
    those top up cards are a pain.

    as far as this registration thing always being the case why does it start on the 1st Feb.....sounds like something new from the new regime here?
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    ^ it's a follow in from the cybersecurity changes, just one of ten new bills enacted this month related to cybersecurity, aimed at tightening the government's grip on 'security'; now they can tap phones whenever they want to, makes it easier if they can also identify each person on the line

    cybersecurity officials can tap phones or any devices without the need for court order
    Won't bother me if they chose to listen in; little of any interest in my phone calls

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    see also

    Thai Junta Leader Deflects Concern Over Mass Surveillance Bill

    Thai junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has asserted his authority to pass a mass surveillance bill that would allow officials to inspect any form of communication without a requesting a court warrant.
    Last edited by Hatari; 25th January 2015 at 14:06.

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    Those unregistered numbers can be used in Western countries to set off bombs too ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moo Uaon View Post
    you can punch your number in on the eftpos looking machine at the counter of 7/11's to top up too.
    those top up cards are a pain.

    as far as this registration thing always being the case why does it start on the 1st Feb.....sounds like something new from the new regime here?
    The number I use in Thailand, is the original one I have always had.... I am sure that I registered it when I got it.... Other than what the govt wants, the advantage for me, is that the credit has a lot longer expiry than the other 'sneaky' unregistered Thai sim I have..... both from the same company, and topped up the same way.
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