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Buying SIM Cards in Malaysia

Buying SIM Cards in Malaysia

Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country that occupies Borneo and the Malay peninsula. Its vast landscapes are diverse melting pot of different cultures, places and wildlife. There are a lot of places to visit in the country especially when you want to learn about the country’s natural wonders. One place to visit is Gunung Gading National Park which offers lush forests and see one of the rarest and largest flowers in the world, Rafflesia. Another is Manukan Island, a marine national park known for it’s diverse sea life and beautiful beaches. You can also visit Batu Caves, where you can glimpse a giant statue, beautiful caves and amazing Hindu art. If you want to learn about the country’s contemporary culture you should visit Bukit Bintang located in the country’s capital, Kuala Lumpur where you can find vast numbers places to shop and eat.

If you’re looking forward on travelling to Malaysia, we’ll help you get one thing off your mind. We will guide you on buying a SIM card for your travel in this amazing country.

The First Thing You Need To Do

The first step to buying a SIM card actually doesn’t start itself but rather with our cellphones. Why? Most of the time, especially if you buy your phone from a particular service provider you can only use your phone exclusively with that provider hence you’ll need to get unlocked. An unlocked phone means that you can use it with any SIM Card.

It is worth mentioning that though most phones are now readily unlocked depending on its brand and who you bought it from, it’s necessary that you check your phone if it’s locked or unlocked. There’s a simple way of checking if your phone is locked, simply turn off your phone and replace the original SIM Card with the a different SIM card from a different SIM Card provider. If a message such as “Restricted” and “Contact your service provider” your phone is locked. If you can still operate your phone and make calls and texts, good, it means that your phone is unlocked. If it is no need to worry, simply contact your service provider to get it unlocked. If for any reasons (like a lock up period) your service provider declines to unlock your phone, simply seek help from an independent phone store or tech store and ask your phone to be unlocked, this usually costs only a small amount.

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Choosing A SIM Card

In order to buy a SIM card in Malaysia, one must show a form of identification such as a passport before buying one. After that everything will be a breeze as the SIM card will be already activated once given to you. There are four service providers in Malaysia:

Celcom

Celcom is the largest service provider in the country. They offer their SIM cards for free but a plan or package must be topped off for the SIM card to be activated. You can top this off with these packages: For MYR3 you get 1GB of data valid for one day. For MYR10 you get 2GB of data valid for one week. For MYR30 you get 5GB of data valid for one month. For MYR50 you get 10GB of data valid for one month. They also offer specific data allocations for Facebook. For MYR1 you get 2GB worth of data for Facebook use for one day. And for MYR7 you get 20GB worth of data for Facebook use for one week.

Maxis

Maxis is the second largest service provider in the country. Their SIM cards cost MYR10 which comes with a MYR5 worth of credit and 300MB worth of data. You can top this off with these packages: For MYR3 you get 1GB of data valid for one day. For MYR30 you get 2GB of data valid for 30 days. For MYR50 you get 3GB of data and 100 minutes of call valid for 30 days. They also offer Happy Hour which comes with 1GB worth of data valid for one hour and Free Weekends which gives you 1GB worth of data for Saturday and another 1GB worth of data for Sunday.

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DiGi

DiGi is the third largest service provider in the country. They offer two SIM cards: Digi Prepaid Best costs MYR8 and comes with 300MB worth of data and MYR5 worth of credit valid for seven days. DiGi Prepaid Live costs MYR12 which comes with 300MB worth of data and MYR8 worth of credit valid for seven days. You can top these off with these packages: For MYR1 you get 100MB worth of data valid for one day. For MYR3 you get 1GB of data valid for one day. For MYR8 you get unlimited data valid for one day. For MYR9 you get 1.5GB of data valid for seven days. For MYR28 you get 5GB of data valid for thirty days. For MYR38 you get 8GB of data valid for thirty days. For MYR48 you get 10GB of data valid for thirty days.

Umobile

Umobiler is the smallest service provider in the country. They offer their SIM card for MYR8.50 which comes with 1GB worth of data good for 10 days. You can top these off with these packages: For MYR20 you get 1.5GB worth of data. For MYR25 you get 2GB worth of data. For MYR30 you get 7GBB worth of data. For MYR38 you get 2GB worth of data, 150 minutes of calls and 30 text messages. And for MYR50 you get 12GB worth of data.

When it comes to the coverage areas, all service providers are good especially in highways and major cities, though there are weak spots especially in rural areas.

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So where do you buy one?

With consideration to Malaysia’s process when it comes to purchasing a SIM card we highly encourage you to buy from the official stores and authorized resellers as identification needs to be shown and assistance in setting up the SIM card is readily available, especially if you have limited knowledge of the native language. However, top ups are available practically everywhere from supermarkets, news agents, gas stations and even corner stores.

Conclusion

Buying a SIM card in Malaysia is easy as long as you prepare your passport before purchasing. If you want to utilize your own phone, remember to get it unlocked beforehand so that it can accommodate a foreign SIM card. There are a variety of choices to choose from. Make sure that whatever you’re getting will suit all of your needs throughout your visit in the country.

Written by Gear Up To Travel

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