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Buying a Sim

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Buying a Sim

My husband and I arrive in Penang from Thailand for 4 nights, followed by a week in KL. We will need to purchase sim cards after our arrival in Georgetown. We are staying at the Evergreen Laurel. Where will be the easiest place to purchase these cards from. We only need sims to call and text Australia, no data required. Plus to also call each other whilst in Malaysia. We normally buy local sims in Bali and there are special numbers you can put in before you dial your number to make calls a bit cheaper back to Oz. Can we do the same thing for the sims in Malaysia? Not sure what company to use, finding the research quite overwhelming.

Appreciate any help, thanks.

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1. Re: Buying a Sim

G'day Nessbali,

After checking into Evergreen Laurel, you could go over to Gurney Plaza-there is a Digi Specialised store(on Level3).

Digi also have this special access code,which is 133,

so say you are dialing to Australia

133 00 61 then say to Sydney 2,if to mobile number 4

then the rate to fixed is RM0.12/min, mobile is RM0.66/min

and SMS to Australia -RM0.50

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You can purchase sim cards almost everywhere. I use Digi and am very happy with their service and charges.

I have my favourite store, 88 Telecommunication, where I get friendly and knowledgeable service. They are located in the Midlands shopping centre on Burma Rd in Pulau Tikus. They also provide excellent mobile repair and unlocking service. They are just inside the entrance near KFC.

I have also purchased sim and recharge cards at various convenience stores and at the Airport, BF and on the ground floor of Prangin Mall (western side).

Gaja

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3. Re: Buying a Sim

As you're at the Evergreen just come out, turn left and walk up to Gurney Plaza. DiGi there are very helpful and usually no queue.

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A big vote for 88.

I have used them for all my mobile phone needs for the last five years.

The husband and wife team who run the shop are extremely helpful and are a pleasure to do business with.

Midland Mall is but a short walk (two blocks) from Gurney Drive.

It also has excellent nasi kandar spots for lunch. There are 3 shops...one serving curries, one Chinese and the other Thai.

Enjoy Penang

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5. Re: Buying a Sim

thanks everyone - exactly the answers I was looking for. Now I have sims for Malaysia sorted, next job is Bangkok!

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You can get sims everywhere. Normally get ours soon as we land at Penang airport. Normally use Hotlink. Dead cheap for phong home to UK. You will need your passport at a lot of places when you initially purchase tho. Same applies for Thailand. easy to get

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For my 7-day trip in Penang in Dec 2014, I got a SIM card from HotLink. I used the 7-day Mobile Internet Pass which came with 300MB+ free150MB (promo til 31Jan15), ie. a total of 450MB for 7 day. It also includes a RM5 credit, which u can use to make calls, or buy an additional 1-day Pass (cost RM3) to extend ur card validity from 7 to 8 days.

I switched on my Google Map to act as my GPS whenever I was driving. In the hotel, I switched to using the hotel WIFI. I Whatsaap and Facebook freely throughout the 7days. In the end I only used abt 200MB out of the 450MB!

The cost of this SIM card is RM10 (published rate) but I paid more (RM20) because I bought it at the counter at the airport. If you don't need the SIM card immediately upon arrival, my advice is to get it from the shop outside and it save you RM10.

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Hi, I just came back from Penang. Buying a local SIM is easy, I bought mine when I landed at the Penang Internaltional Airport. There are providers from Digi, Maxis. i bought my Digi best prepaid card for rm15 which came with rm4 local call, but here is where i want to warn you...the sign said this prepaid sim came with unlimited internet and when i asked again i was told unlimited by the 2 malay ladies selling the card. Clearly it was an outright lie as the prepaid came with less than 1gb of internet data, which i only found out after i left the airport..digi will send you text messages once the sim is activated. Please be careful, do not believe anything you are told by these vendors, make sure to read the packets yourself, to check what you are told. Also, the Digi prepared card should only retail for rm12, this is from Digi website.

You should probably buy your prepaid when you arrive in the city, from 7/11 where you are less likely to be cheated. Again don't believe what you are told by the vendors, check everything for yourself.

These are shocking behavior right at the airport, Malaysia has much to do to clean up its reputation. Penang airport is new, but to allow these errant vendors to cheat tourist right upon their arrival on the shores of Malaysia only tarnishes their image and reputation. Its a small amount, but to be outright lied and cheated to is not something i feel good about!!

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Hi, I just came back from Penang. Buying a local SIM is easy, I bought mine when I landed at the Penang Internaltional Airport. There are providers from Digi, Maxis. i bought my Digi best prepaid card for rm15 which came with rm4 local call, but here is where i want to warn you...the sign said this prepaid sim came with unlimited internet and when i asked again i was told unlimited by the 2 malay ladies selling the card. Clearly it was an outright lie as the prepaid came with less than 1gb of internet data, which i only found out after i left the airport..digi will send you text messages once the sim is activated. Please be careful, do not believe anything you are told by these vendors, make sure to read the packets yourself, to check what you are told. Also, the Digi prepared card should only retail for rm12, this is from Digi website.

You should probably buy your prepaid when you arrive in the city, from 7/11 where you are less likely to be cheated. Again don't believe what you are told by the vendors, check everything for yourself.

These are shocking behavior right at the airport, Malaysia has much to do to clean up its reputation. Penang airport is new, but to allow these errant vendors to cheat tourist right upon their arrival on the shores of Malaysia only tarnishes their image and reputation. Its a small amount, but to be outright lied and cheated to is not something i feel good about!!

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Hi Julia, may I know which pre-paid plan did you buy? I can't seem to find a RM12 prepaid card that matched youe description. How many days is the 1GB of data valid for?