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Landline services are provided by the national monopoly Telekom Malaysia (www.tm.com.my).

Phone Codes

Country code for Malaysia 60

Kuala Lumpur 03

Melaka 06

Penang 04

Singapore 02

International Calls

The easiest and cheapest way to make international calls is to buy a local SIM card for your mobile phone. Only certain payphones permit international calls. You can make operator-assisted international calls from local Telekom offices. To save money on landline calls, buy a prepaid international calling card (available from convenience stores).

Local Calls

Local calls cost eight sen for the first two minutes. Payphones take coins or prepaid cards, which are available from TM offices and convenience stores. Some also take international credit cards. You’ll also find a range of discount calling cards at convenience stores and mobile-phone counters.

Mobile Phones

Local SIM cards can be used in most phones; if not, set your phone to roaming.

More Information

If you have arranged global roaming with your home provider, your GSM digital phone will automatically tune in to one of the region’s digital networks. If not, buy a prepaid SIM card for one of the local networks on arrival. The rate for a local call is around 40 sen per minute. There are three mobile-phone companies, all with similar call rates and prepaid packages:

Celcom (www.celcom.com.my)

DiGi (https://new.digi.com.my/home)

Maxis (www.maxis.com.my)