Cheapest prepaid mobile provider in Thailand
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Sep 30, 2012 7:12 AM Last Post By: wellred
Sep 28, 2012 5:38 PM
Cheapest prepaid mobile provider in ThailandI am visiting Thailand for up to 3 months (in, and out). Which network do you use? Which prepaid plan do you have? What provider has the cheapest SMS rates? I am interested in sending SMS (to local mobiles only). No roaming, no international, no nothing, just the cheapest local SMS. Sending/recieving messages are more important for me than voice calls. I have an old Nokia GSM phone, it is triband, and 2G comptabile, and that's good enough for me. I have researched the best options online, and it seems AIS (confusing website), or DTAC (Happy tourist sim card) are the best options. Other options include True Move, Hutch, & TOT. What do you think? Please help me choose the right provider based on the above information. Thanks!
Sep 28, 2012 10:04 PM
1It doesn't make a difference. It my experience, AIS (One Two Call) has the best nationwide coverage. In country SMS = cheap. No worries. Just grab one at the airport. If you really must have the absolute best deal then talk to all of the three big ones at the airport counters and make a choice. They are all next to each other.
Sep 28, 2012 10:49 PM
Sep 28, 2012 11:31 PM
3OK got it, but what about signal strength, and reception in Bangkok? Outside Bangkok? And how about SMS packs, which one offers that?
Sep 28, 2012 11:40 PM
Sep 29, 2012 12:15 AM
Is that why they were just slapped with a huge fine for having too many service disruptions? Ha, they had to give their customers a week of free calls or something for the multiple inconveniences they have caused by the faulty management of their system.
Sep 29, 2012 12:21 AM
Sep 30, 2012 6:07 AM
7AIS or Dtac - the difference is minimal. They all have appalling customer service but True is so bad they need to be avoided at all costs, regardless of pricing.
AIS still seems to have slightly better coverage and reputation.
there are DOZENS of different packages on offer....almost an impossibility to work out.
I've used True and Dtac out of frustration with AIS but in the end, I've still maintained my "One-2-Call" number with AIS for 12 years and although they annoy me approximately eery month or so it is far less than the others....
My mate has Dtac for years and has had a lot to connection problems in the last year or so.
3G - if you do want it is offered only in some areas BKK, Chiang Mai and Chonburi Province - some areas) and AIS and Dtac are on different frequencies - I believe 850 and 900 respectively.....so you phone may only work on one 3G service.
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