Hi Folks, thought I would put this together based on my first-hand investigations whilst I was on holiday in Bali. I've mentioned some of this in my HNRs but thought I should put it here in one spot for convenience. Hope you find it helpful!
Recharging Telkomsel simPATI/Loop SIM with Flash Data
Basics concept is to load up the SIM with pulsa credit for voice calls then convert it bonus flash data.
Do this by navigating through USSD menu available by calling *363#
Obviously can't dial these USSD codes on a hotspot - so you'll need a regular handset that can make voice phone calls to slip the SIM into to navigate these menus.
*889# to check on data left. Example response would be:
Anda memeiliki: 938 MB (it used to say 1024 MB indicating 1GB of data)
Flash. 1024 MB Flash (indicating I have an additional 1024 MB or 1GB of data to use)
(so in this example I'm led to believe I have 2GB of data to use initially - little less now since I've used some)
*888# to check voice credits or pulsa left. Example response would be:
Sisa Pula Kamu Rp 6561 (meaning I have Rp 6561 of voice calling credits left and it's roughly Rp 1000 per min)
Aktif s.d. 16/02/2015 (meaning active until Feb 16, 2015)
*808# to check mobile number on SIM. Example response:
Nomor kamu 0822xxxxxxxx.
Layanan ini dikenakan tariff Rp 17 (termasuk PPN)/permintaan. Info CS: 133/188
Apparently you also receive occassional txt messages advertising special offers - but buggered if I know what they are. But I understand now I can use existing credit or pulsa to take advantage of them. Example might be spend x to get y amount of bonus flash data.
Anyway - here is the sequence to convert pulsa credit to flash data.
*363# to convert pulsa credit to data flash MB / GB
as of Jan 17, 2015 the menu response were:
Need to know that
Rp 50,000 will give 1GB
Rp 100,000 will give 2GB
so you will need at least one of these pulsa credit balances inorder to do the following to get data flash GB. Get this by topping up your pulsa at the cellular shop dealer.
1. Info acktivas paket internet Kartu Lopp lewat *567#
2. Paket Internet Lainnya
0 Menu Utama
1. Indonesia Genggam Internet
2. Paket Internet Menarik Lainnya
3. Menu Sebelumnya
Pastikan Andamenerima dan menjawab SMS konfirmasi utk setiap pembelian paket Flash.
Blackberry dan Internet lainnya.
1. Menu Selanjutnya
Pilihan Paket Internet
Cepat dan Handal
1. Hot Offer
2 Telkomsel Flash
4. Opera Mini/Nokia Xpress
Pastikan Anda terima & menjawab SMS konfirmasi
1. Genggam Internet
2. Flash Ultima
3. Flash Optima
4. Flash LTE
5. Flash SocialMAX
Pastikan Anda menerima dan menjawab SMS konfirmasi.
1. Flash Harian (day)
2. Flash Mingguan (week)
3. Flash Bulanan (month)
Harga Pkt sesui dgn
1. Mulai 30rb (600MB)
2. Mulai 65rb (2GB)
3. Mulai 110rb (4.5GB)
4. Mulai 250rb (8GB)
5. Mulai 450rb (9GB)
Select 2 for 2GB and it will cost Rp 65,000 - so you will need at least that much pulsa credit to get the 2GB
Anda akan beli flash 2GB dgn masa akitf 30hari?
Tunggus SMS Konfirmasi sensuai lokasi
3. Info harga dan lokasi
0. Menu Utama
Select 1 to accept to flash 2GB in this example.
I also noticed that with Telkomsel 3G - if it's not active for a set period of time (not sure what it is as have not measured it yet) the data connection will drop.
You'll need to reconnect again manually on the hotspot.
Just to note also about using the Telkomsel SIM in a hotspot.
Hotspot needs to be unlocked. I used the NETGEAR AirCard 790S from Telstra which comes unlocked (no need to pay for it to be unlocked). It's a postpaid hotspot you can buy it out-right from Telstra. Most prepaid hotspots (anything prepaid) is usually locked to the carrier - so you will need to call the carrier to have it unlocked.
Set the APN to be internet in the default connection profile.
In the router settings - set the DNS to be manual and make it 18.104.22.168 (use Google's DNS).
You should be able to get a Telkomsel SIM either simPATI or Loop for Rp 20k. Some places will sell it for Rp 30k to Rp 75k (e.g. Hardies) It's unregulated so cellular dealers can set their own price. Pulsa top ups are set though but the dealer will usually add Rp 2000 to the price to cover his service charge for doing the top i.e. Rp 50,000 credit pulsa will cost you Rp 52,000
Places to get a Rp 20k - Rp 25k Telkomsel SIM that I have found this trip are:
It's sometimes easier to just buy the SIM with data on it - these range in prices. Typically I've seen people pay about Rp 110k to Rp 180k for about 3-4GB of data included. Obviously easier - but if you use up the data - you'll want to recharge it somehow (and possibly keep the same number for the duration of your holiday trip).
On the topic of keeping the number alive whilst back in your home country - I've not found anything easy / cost effective yet.
Option 1 - have a friend who lives in Bali keep it topped up with about Rp 5000 each month?
Option 2 - use Recharge Me app for Android but it looks like minimum value is about AUD $10
Option 3 - a person has volunteered on TA forum to accept PayPal and recharge each month but I don't know him.
Option 4 - best one - come back every month and recharge it yourself :)
Seriously, none of the cellular dealers I've spoken with to date are willing to do the top up for me whilst I'm overseas.
By the way to check pulsa credit on
Telkomsel simPATI / Loop call *888#
XL call *123#
Indosat call *338#
Good luck with it!