Using Vodafone in Indonesia
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Aug 26, 2012 8:18 PM Last Post By: dc1
Aug 25, 2012 12:46 AM
Aug 25, 2012 4:32 AM
1Buy a local sim card as soon as you arrive in Indonesia both for making local calls and inexpensive outgoing international calls.
Your vodafone sim should connect automatically to a local network for receiving calls from home.
It is good to travel with a 2nd cheap mobile for the local sim card.
Aug 25, 2012 6:41 AM
Aug 25, 2012 9:54 AM
3Lukemackin it might seem a bit stupid taking a sim card from the UK when you get buy sim cards in indonesia for 50 cents but I can have it all set up before I leave. If I buy a sim card in indonesia I will have to go into an internet cafe and finish setting up the prepaid travel card. How do I know that the PC in the internet cafe isnt being operated by fraudsters. I might waste 5.00 Pound on sending and receiving texts with my UK sim card but I know my prepaid travel card and my UK bank account wont get scammed by the scammers and we all know theres load of them in SEA.
Aug 25, 2012 10:35 AM
4No, you don't have to do anything through the internet. You just buy the local sim card then you can top it up with pre-paid cards. It's all very simple. You have to pay for the sim card and the pre-paid top up cards with local Indonesian cash only.
All tourists in the know buy a sim card as soon as they arrive in Indonesia, or any other Asian country for that matter. Many tourists have two phones, a cheaper one for the local sim card.
The sim card itself might only set you back US$0.50 or so.
Aug 25, 2012 10:51 AM
Aug 25, 2012 1:01 PM
6If this is the first time that you will be using your mobile phone in Indonesia, better to call your network provider first and ask if Vodafones works fine at that particular country and if you will be able to top up your prepaid travel card using it. I think this is the safest way just to be sure about everything.
Aug 25, 2012 1:38 PM
Aug 25, 2012 2:48 PM
8Sorry for the misunderstanding. Your Vodafone sim should definitely work throughout most of Indonesia. Also, I would not be so paranoid of using internet cafes.
Aug 26, 2012 2:58 AM
Aug 26, 2012 3:13 AM
10Used UK vodaphone last year from Sumatra... okay it's not Bali or Labuan Bajo but the areas of Sumatra I was in was way out of the way, and still vodaphone connected.
I agree with the internet cafe worries, I've been carrying a netbook with me during this years traveling, but on the occasions I've used internet cafes, I normally have to change my Yahoo e-mail account password at the request of Yahoo themselves due to security problems. A check of my log in times shows unauthorised users getting onto my account.
Several years ago I also had problems with funds being removed from my on-line banking - this was after using an internet cafe in the sleepy Lake Toba area!!!!
I never log onto banking or e-mail in any internet cafe after these lessons - instead using Facebook as a way of maintaining contact with family and friends, and even my boss back home (mental note - remember to de-friend him when I return home!! ;-)
Aug 26, 2012 8:03 PM
Aug 26, 2012 8:18 PM
12Telkomsel Simpati - 10,000 for sim card with 5,000 pulsar (credit). Buy more pulsar on registration (shop will do this for you)... 20,000 credit will cost you 22,000 etc. Always add a couple of thou onto the total credit price for shop commission which is always advertised.
But if you're happy with your own Int'l sim card, wait until you head east and try it out. Travellers further east of Labuan Bajo were using their Int'l sim cards no problem; on saying that it is so easy to buy a sim card and pulsar out here. Don't be concerned about registration, I've had to register once during my last 10 visits to Indo.
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