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1 hour ago, MaeJoMTB said:

 

 

Staff in Thai shops generally know nothing about their products.

correct you are ALWAYS better off checking it out online wherever possible

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I too use DTAC (about 12 years with same number) and never had a problem. I just make sure the number is valid (by top-ups or just paying for an extension) for the period I will be out of the country. No problemo.

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18 hours ago, Chivas said:

Tourist Sim will advance a year if you follow my instructions a couple of posts back and use the correct short code that actually works. Not sure how much clearer I could make that before

 

You need to be able to read and comprehend

 

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Older Tourist SIMs didn't have the restriction of only being able to have 90 days of validity in advance.

 

I also remember a post of yours stating that you managed to change your Tourist SIM promo to another. So then no longer under Tourist SIM conditions.

 

As to your claim of being able to extend a 90 days validity Tourist SIM beyond ninety days, I just tested it on my 90 day validity SIM.

Validity changed from the 06/07/18 to 02/08/18

 

By no stretch of that imagination is that 30 days.

Apologies for the picture quality.

 

 

 

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18 hours ago, MaeJoMTB said:

AIS NetMarathon SIM,

6 months validity + 6 months internet = 600bht

1 year validity + 1 year internet access = 1,200bht

Bought one 2 months back, no topups required while your internet access is valid.

 

Staff in Thai shops generally know nothing about their products.

 

 

I imagine that they are referring to a basic SIM that extends validity to the max with a single top up.

With the Marathon SIM, what happens after the first year?

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53 minutes ago, KneeDeep said:

I imagine that they are referring to a basic SIM that extends validity to the max with a single top up.

With the Marathon SIM, what happens after the first year?

Works like any other AIS SIM, 20bht top-up at an AIS machine, or 10+3bht top-up at the odd looking 7-11 machine for 1 month validity. 

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4 minutes ago, MaeJoMTB said:

Works like any other AIS SIM, 20bht top-up at an AIS machine, or 10+3bht top-up at the odd looking 7-11 machine for 1 month validity. 

 

10 baht + 2 baht around here.

 

That what I thought. No SIMs that extend to the max with a single top up any more is what Barley sought.

I haven't looked for myself, so can't confirm there are none.

 

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I topped up my AIS card yesterday, and it is now valid until 03/05/2019.

 

AIS also sell vouchers, but I am not sure if you can use them to top up from outside Thailand.

Of course, if you have a Thai bank account, and internet banking, you can always top-up online if you are out of the country for any length of time. So if you topped up say one month before it is due to expire, it should extend it another year.

 

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I think a lot of the confusion comes in because of the different SIMs.

1.) Tourist SIMs which have a validity of several weeks to 3 months but some report that they can be converted to a regular SIM or extended by USSD codes at 2TBH /30 days

There may also be old Tourist SIMs which follow different rules.

2.) Regular SIMs which have a beginning validity of at least one month and can be extended by 10TBH top ups for 30 days up to at least a year or by USSD codes at 2TBH /30 days. Some report even longer.

There may also be old regular SIMs which follow different rules.

3.) Special long term SIMs like dtac"s Simply2Baht where every top up extends the validity to 365 days from the date of last top up.

It is unclear if these SIMs can still be purveyed.

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Does Thailand have any GSM operators offering schemes where you have a fixed amount to pay monthly, unlimited validity for your line and no need for all the Top Up mess and that offers you unlimited local calls, sms and surfing  ? ? ?...

 

If yes, what are the requirements to be eligible ?

 

Such schemes exist in many countries around the world....

 

 

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On 04/05/2018 at 10:55 AM, KneeDeep said:

 

You need to be able to read and comprehend

 

 

I also remember a post of yours stating that you managed to change your Tourist SIM promo to another. So then no longer under Tourist SIM conditions.

 

As to your claim of being able to extend a 90 days validity Tourist SIM beyond ninety days, I just tested it on my 90 day validity SIM.

Validity changed from the 06/07/18 to 02/08/18

 

By no stretch of that imagination is that 30 days.

Apologies for the picture quality.

 

 

 

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What on earth are you burbling about now lol true promo and I changed sim   ??
Same Sim since 2013  when true staff were handing them out on the airbridge coming off Oman air. Tourist Sim simple as

 

It will advance 12 months simple as. It might go further for all I know but 12 months it certainly does. Its currently topped up to late october using the month by month advancement 2 baht a pop via short code already posted here. No idea why yours doesnt work  ??  Perhaps it doesnt like you

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8 hours ago, Chivas said:

What on earth are you burbling about now lol true promo and I changed sim   ??
Same Sim since 2013  when true staff were handing them out on the airbridge coming off Oman air. Tourist Sim simple as

 

It will advance 12 months simple as. It might go further for all I know but 12 months it certainly does. Its currently topped up to late october using the month by month advancement 2 baht a pop via short code already posted here. No idea why yours doesnt work  ??  Perhaps it doesnt like you

 

 

Gosh you don't catch on quick....

 

For the third time;

 

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Older Tourist SIMs didn't have the restriction of only being able to have 90 days of validity in advance.

 

This would include the free Tourist SIMs that used to be handed out as you left the airbridge of certain Middle Eastern airlines.

 

These differed from the 'paid for' Tourist SIM in that they charged 1.5 baht for International calls(to UK landlines for example), as opposed to 1 baht.

 

The 90 day restriction is a more recent policy, which is why we haven't seen posts complaining about such a restriction in the past.

 

So don't assume that just because your SIM can be extended, that all others  can do the same.

 

As to you only being able to utilise *934*30# to extend, I'll hold off explaining why to save you from embarrassment.

 

 

 

 

 

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On 05/05/2018 at 1:55 AM, observer90210 said:

Does Thailand have any GSM operators offering schemes where you have a fixed amount to pay monthly, unlimited validity for your line and no need for all the Top Up mess and that offers you unlimited local calls, sms and surfing  ? ? ?...

 

If yes, what are the requirements to be eligible ?

 

Such schemes exist in many countries around the world....

 

 

 

 

I think so. These are post-paid accounts, and all three major operators here offer those. Typically the contract runs for 12 months, then month-to-month. But, again, typically, these offer a fixed amount of voice minutes per month, and full-speed data volume by GB per month, with SMS extra. Calls to fixed lines may also be extra. There are scads of post-paid promotions and add-ons, some of which might offer unlimited calling, usually on-net, to a set of limited numbers, with/without time-of-day restrictions.

 

The requirements vary by operator, but generally speaking, it may help to have a valid long-term visa/extension of stay at a minimum. AFAIK, there is no real credit verification. You can pay by CC, bank transfer, internet banking, in person, third-party, bank kiosk, operator kiosk.

 

Validity is extended month to month, and assuming you pay your bill, indefinitely.

 

 

 

Regarding Tourist SIMs, which I generally discourage (better to just pay 50 baht for standard SIM) - but some absolutely need a SIM at the airport on arrival - I have successfully converted a TrueMove H Tourist SIM, and a DTAC/Happy Tourist SIM, to a standard SIM by visiting a full-service shop. I think they replaced the physical SIM, then remapped the existing number to the new SIM, for no charge. That said, I did this a few years ago, but both SIMs are still working and I extend them each month to +365 days with a 10 baht top-up (12 baht with the 2 baht fee) at a Boonterm machine. I don't know if this service remains an option as of today?

 

I maintain ~ 14 SIMs for family, friends, colleagues who visit. Some I keep for loaners, others are in their possession.

 

 

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On 5/5/2018 at 1:55 AM, observer90210 said:

Does Thailand have any GSM operators offering schemes where you have a fixed amount to pay monthly, unlimited validity for your line and no need for all the Top Up mess and that offers you unlimited local calls, sms and surfing  ? ? ?...

 

If yes, what are the requirements to be eligible ?

 

Such schemes exist in many countries around the world....

 

 

Talking with Thai friends, it seems these plans are cheaper per minute than prepaid. 

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On 04/05/2018 at 7:55 PM, observer90210 said:

Does Thailand have any GSM operators offering schemes where you have a fixed amount to pay monthly, unlimited validity for your line and no need for all the Top Up mess and that offers you unlimited local calls, sms and surfing  ? ? ?...

 

If yes, what are the requirements to be eligible ?

 

Such schemes exist in many countries around the world....

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, elgenon said:

Talking with Thai friends, it seems these plans are cheaper per minute than prepaid. 

 

If you have a handle on your calling patterns, with some sort of historical record, and your patterns/usage are consistent, then you can easily match up the most cost-effective promotion, be it pre-paid or post-paid. It really depends on your usage. Do you call many people for a short amount of time, fewer people for longer periods, are they on the same network, what time of day, etc.

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