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Best Internet Sim For 7 Days from BKK Airport

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puthsardarade

Hi,

 

I recall picking up just a basic sim card (non tourist) from BKK airport and applying a promo for 7 days unlimited internet.

This worked out similar to the tourist sim cards sold at the airport but appeared to be more cost effective - anyone have any information on 7 day promos currently available etc?

 

Thanks

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darpra

The tourist SIM will be 300B and will give you 3GB data for 8 days and 100B worth calling. If you need more data then makes sense to get a 50B SIM from a shop and then try to topup with a plan based on your needs.

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Little Evil

Just an FYI - True's 299B tourist sim has a promotion where social media isn't counted towards the 3GB/8 days full speed data cap. That includes all the usual suspects: Facebook, Line, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp. Unsure if the 6GB/15 day package includes that as well.  

http://truemoveh.truecorp.co.th/international_service/visit_thailand/en

 

That being said, I tried True last August and wasn't entirely impressed with speed. Seems like there was always an odd delay between pressing "enter" on a URL and when the browser started actually receiving data. Once it did make the connection, it was fast enough, but always with that delay like it was trying to sort out networks on the back end. AIS on the other hand didn't seem to have this issue on the same phone, just 6 months earlier. 

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BrainDrain
11 hours ago, Little Evil said:

Just an FYI - True's 299B tourist sim has a promotion where social media isn't counted towards the 3GB/8 days full speed data cap. That includes all the usual suspects: Facebook, Line, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp. Unsure if the 6GB/15 day package includes that as well.  

http://truemoveh.truecorp.co.th/international_service/visit_thailand/en

 

That being said, I tried True last August and wasn't entirely impressed with speed. Seems like there was always an odd delay between pressing "enter" on a URL and when the browser started actually receiving data. Once it did make the connection, it was fast enough, but always with that delay like it was trying to sort out networks on the back end. AIS on the other hand didn't seem to have this issue on the same phone, just 6 months earlier. 

 

or just buy a SIM for 49 baht and add your own data package. Unlimited data @ 4 MBps is around 160 baht for the week or unlimited 2 Mbps for 107 baht. No need to worry about Facebook data etc

Alternatively purchase 10 GB of data on  Truemove H's up to 42 Mbps service for 106 baht.

 

Tourist SIM, other than the basic 49 baht, are for the uninformed or for those who cannot be bothered...

 

For instance, you can buy the 49 baht Tourist SIM, which also has the free Social App access for 24 hours. If you top up with at least 100 baht, the free Social App access will continue for another week.

 

So top up with 110 baht and you get the same Social App access as the 299 baht SIM and you can spend the 110 baht credit on the 10 GB 'up to 42 Mbps' package.

 

159 baht instead of 299 baht.

 

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Little Evil
3 hours ago, BrainDrain said:

 

or just buy a SIM for 49 baht and add your own data package. Unlimited data @ 4 MBps is around 160 baht for the week or unlimited 2 Mbps for 107 baht. No need to worry about Facebook data etc

Alternatively purchase 10 GB of data on  Truemove H's up to 42 Mbps service for 106 baht.

 

Tourist SIM, other than the basic 49 baht, are for the uninformed or for those who cannot be bothered...

 

For instance, you can buy the 49 baht Tourist SIM, which also has the free Social App access for 24 hours. If you top up with at least 100 baht, the free Social App access will continue for another week.

 

So top up with 110 baht and you get the same Social App access as the 299 baht SIM and you can spend the 110 baht credit on the 10 GB 'up to 42 Mbps' package.

 

159 baht instead of 299 baht.

 

Definitely something I'd consider if I were staying there 30 days or more, but I often only get 2 weeks or less at a time and I just want the vendor to pop in the sim as fast as possible without having to do anything on my end. The $10 is more than reasonable in my book for under 2 weeks of 4G service. Is that 10gig add-on package 3G? 

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BrainDrain
On 27/12/2018 at 15:02, Little Evil said:

Definitely something I'd consider if I were staying there 30 days or more, but I often only get 2 weeks or less at a time and I just want the vendor to pop in the sim as fast as possible without having to do anything on my end. The $10 is more than reasonable in my book for under 2 weeks of 4G service. Is that 10gig add-on package 3G? 

Why would you apply a seven day package if you were staying for thirty days or more??

 

US$10 for under two weeks?? What kind of way to quantify is that?? It's US$10 for 3 GB of data over eight days. Say "eight days", not "under two weeks" . ;)

 

Sorry, but I have no time for comments such as these; 

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I just want the vendor to pop in the sim as fast as possible without having to do anything on my end.

 

Confirms exactly what I wrote;

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Tourist SIM, other than the basic 49 baht, are for the uninformed or for those who cannot be bothered...

 

If tapping in a code is too much for you, there is nothing more to be said. Stick with the Tourist SIM, as anything else is clearly an imposition.

 

For those who can take the five seconds to tap a code in or even just hand the code over on a piece of paper for the vendor to enter, there are a myriad of possibilities..

 

299 baht for 3GB over eight days is not good value.  They have a 4GB 'up to 42 Mbps' data package, over seven days for 52.43 baht.

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danielsam

I bought True SIM on my last trip last month. Very easy to get one at the airport, the guys are fast as lighting 

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Little Evil
On 29/12/2018 at 08:39, BrainDrain said:

Why would you apply a seven day package if you were staying for thirty days or more??

 

US$10 for under two weeks?? What kind of way to quantify is that?? It's US$10 for 3 GB of data over eight days. Say "eight days", not "under two weeks" . ;)

 

Sorry, but I have no time for comments such as these; 

 

Confirms exactly what I wrote;

 

If tapping in a code is too much for you, there is nothing more to be said. Stick with the Tourist SIM, as anything else is clearly an imposition.

 

For those who can take the five seconds to tap a code in or even just hand the code over on a piece of paper for the vendor to enter, there are a myriad of possibilities..

 

299 baht for 3GB over eight days is not good value.  They have a 4GB 'up to 42 Mbps' data package, over seven days for 52.43 baht.

I was agreeing with you, that I'd explore your option if I was staying 30 days or more. Thought that was clear, but I guess it made more sense in my head. 

Your initial post said the tourist sim was for those who could not be bothered. I thought you were implying that there was more work than just typing in a code. Who would be bothered by typing in a code, particularly if the seller can do it? I generally don't want to futz around with this stuff, but I had the impression it was more difficult than it is in your latter description. 

 

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taylor1975
On 29/12/2018 at 13:39, BrainDrain said:

If tapping in a code is too much for you, there is nothing more to be said. Stick with the Tourist SIM, as anything else is clearly an imposition.

I always get a tourist sim, but curious about your statement...

- how do you know the code to use and the options available (speed/gb etc)

- assume you have to credit your sim with baht prior to code in a 7-11 for example?

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Just now, taylor1975 said:

I always get a tourist sim, but curious about your statement...

- how do you know the code to use and the options available (speed/gb etc)

- assume you have to credit your sim with baht prior to code in a 7-11 for example?

I got a True SIM nearly 4 years ago. When I’m in Pattaya I top it up to extend the validity. Each time I top up 90 baht I get a month’s extra validity. It can be extended a maximum of 12 months ahead. As a result, I’ve plenty of credit to buy a month’s package for my next visit.

I check the website before I travel to find the codes & packages and key in the code while waiting for my luggage at the airport.

I’m not sure it’s the most economical way of doing it :rolleyes: but I’ve kept the same number which is a slight advantage. Means I have printed cards to give restaurants etc when making bookings.

 

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BrainDrain
On 31/12/2018 at 21:23, taylor1975 said:

I always get a tourist sim, but curious about your statement...

- how do you know the code to use and the options available (speed/gb etc)

- assume you have to credit your sim with baht prior to code in a 7-11 for example?

 

You can obtain the basic 49 baht SIM and phone credit from the booth at the airport. They are geared up to sell Tourist SIM packages or the basic 49 baht Tourist SIM together with 300 baht credit to tourists. So this is what they will push.

But if you know what you want, you make them give you want you want, not what they are trying to sell.

Just state, your network preference, for how long you are staying and what kind of activites you undertake and I'll suggest a package.

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BrainDrain
On 31/12/2018 at 21:30, davidge said:

I got a True SIM nearly 4 years ago. When I’m in Pattaya I top it up to extend the validity. Each time I top up 90 baht I get a month’s extra validity. It can be extended a maximum of 12 months ahead. As a result, I’ve plenty of credit to buy a month’s package for my next visit.

I check the website before I travel to find the codes & packages and key in the code while waiting for my luggage at the airport.

I’m not sure it’s the most economical way of doing it :rolleyes: but I’ve kept the same number which is a slight advantage. Means I have printed cards to give restaurants etc when making bookings.

 

 

Extend validity by tapping in *934*30/90/180#

 

Costs 2 baht per 30 days. 

 

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BrainDrain
On 31/12/2018 at 16:49, Little Evil said:

I was agreeing with you, that I'd explore your option if I was staying 30 days or more. Thought that was clear, but I guess it made more sense in my head. 

Your initial post said the tourist sim was for those who could not be bothered. I thought you were implying that there was more work than just typing in a code. Who would be bothered by typing in a code, particularly if the seller can do it? I generally don't want to futz around with this stuff, but I had the impression it was more difficult than it is in your latter description. 

 

Truemove H Tourist SIMs are/were inconvenient in the way that they could only have a max of three months validity in advance. Which often means a new SIM every time.

Much better to have a normal SIM that you can extend for up to a year. Even better when you can simply extend validity from abroad by activating Roaming(before leaving) and then simply tapping in a code*(as shown above).

These days you don't need to buy data by volume. They have truly unlimited packages with a constant bandwidth. e.g 4 Mbps/6 Mbps/10 Mbps...

 

The days of buying a volume of fast data which subsequently slows down to a crawl are long gone. Unfortunately Tourist SIMs follow the old ways.

 

 

 

*after a qualifying spend or period.

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10 minutes ago, BrainDrain said:

Truemove H Tourist SIMs are/were inconvenient in the way that they could only have a max of three months validity in advance. Which often means a new SIM every time.

Much better to have a normal SIM that you can extend for up to a year. Even better when you can simply extend validity from abroad by activating Roaming(before leaving) and then simply tapping in a code*(as shown above).

These days you don't need to buy data by volume. They have truly unlimited packages with a constant bandwidth. e.g 4 Mbps/6 Mbps/10 Mbps...

 

The days of buying a volume of fast data which subsequently slows down to a crawl are long gone. Unfortunately Tourist SIMs follow the old ways.

 

 

 

*after a qualifying spend or period.

One issue I had was choosing an unlimited package then finding it auto-renewed. Took 2 visits to the True Store to get it switched off.

I try to find the latest code for 30 days unlimited before each trip and type it in at airport, but it’s not always easy to find the one I need on the website.

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12 minutes ago, davidge said:

One issue I had was choosing an unlimited package then finding it auto-renewed. Took 2 visits to the True Store to get it switched off.

I try to find the latest code for 30 days unlimited before each trip and type it in at airport, but it’s not always easy to find the one I need on the website.

Yes. Often on their website there will be one code for auto-renewal and another for just the fixed time period.

You just have to be careful to transcribe the correct one.

Unlimited or those with a fast volume of data that subsequently slowss down to a crawl when the fast data is used up?

Don't bother with those these days. They are a relic.

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38 minutes ago, davidge said:

One issue I had was choosing an unlimited package then finding it auto-renewed. Took 2 visits to the True Store to get it switched off.

I try to find the latest code for 30 days unlimited before each trip and type it in at airport, but it’s not always easy to find the one I need on the website.

*900*1974# 1 Mbps 30 days 321 baht Good for chatting and emails and even tethering to laptop for general browsing.

*900*1704# 4 Mbps 30 days 535 baht Don't bother. Go for 6 Mbps

*900*1746# 6 Mbps 30 days 588.50 For downloading and perhaps streaming to TV.

 

or just take a weekly volume package;

 

*900*1954# 4 GB over 7 days 52.43 baht  

 

So 20GB over 28 days for just over 200 baht. Puts the Tourist packages to shame.

 

Most people don't need the fastest speeds, unless downloading Full HD content via Torrent.

 

New packages are super cheap; https://www.lazada.co.th/products/plus-6-200gb100gb-i232884842-s357028387.html 315 baht

200 GB at 1 Mbps over six months, plus an extra 100 GB for YouTube.

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davidge

Thanks. I was there just over a month last trip so used the 6Mbps followed by the weekly. They seem to change the codes from time to time, so I try to check just before each trip.

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BrainDrain
6 minutes ago, davidge said:

Thanks. I was there just over a month last trip so used the 6Mbps followed by the weekly. They seem to change the codes from time to time, so I try to check just before each trip.

 

Yes, True tend to have a lot of time limited promos.

 

*900*8305# 10 Mbps 24 hours 36.38 baht

*900*8306# 10 Mbps 7 days 212.93 baht

 

Until the end of the month.

 

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taylor1975
4 hours ago, BrainDrain said:

 

You can obtain the basic 49 baht SIM and phone credit from the booth at the airport. They are geared up to sell Tourist SIM packages or the basic 49 baht Tourist SIM together with 300 baht credit to tourists. So this is what they will push.

But if you know what you want, you make them give you want you want, not what they are trying to sell.

Just state, your network preference, for how long you are staying and what kind of activites you undertake and I'll suggest a package.

Great! .....so, 30 days, any provider, i will use + 10 gb, needs to be minimum 6mbps but more would be better.

Speed and reliability is a priority over cost, as i use it for work.

cheers

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sadisfied

What's a good package if I'm on dtac and my next stay is for 10 days? Would like at least 4 Mbps

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BrainDrain
On 09/01/2019 at 12:56, taylor1975 said:

Great! .....so, 30 days, any provider, i will use + 10 gb, needs to be minimum 6mbps but more would be better.

Speed and reliability is a priority over cost, as i use it for work.

cheers

 

All things being equal, AIS 10 Mbps 30 days 535 baht inclusive

*777*7296# if the code is still valid.

 

 

Alternatively Truemove H will sell you 10GB over 15 days on their up to 42 Mbps service for 212.93 baht or 15GB over 15 days for 266.43 baht

*900*8301#

*900*8302#

 

 

 

 

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taylor1975
1 hour ago, BrainDrain said:

All things being equal, AIS 10 Mbps 30 days 535 baht inclusive

*777*7296# if the code is still valid.

Alternatively Truemove H will sell you 10GB over 15 days on their up to 42 Mbps service for 212.93 baht or 15GB over 15 days for 266.43 baht

*900*8301#

*900*8302#

Much appreciated! ...i will definitely go down this route next time

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thunderboy

Great information.  I have read a couple of articles online about getting a SIM card, but BrainDrain's detailed comments are more helpful.  I will drop by the True booth at the airport and pick up a 49baht SIM to start.

Thanks!

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frankstain

How do you find all these codes/promo's? I will be arriving in 10 days

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