Im off to Malaysia on Monday and was wondering if we can buy a sim cards over there?
Yes you can.
Just contact your local service provider in Aust n ensure that phone is unlocked first so that u can plug in a Malaysian SIM.
There are many posts in this forum regarding this. Just try searching for them and u will get a wealth of info.
thank you so much
Personally, as roaming data charges are very, very expensive, switch off the data part of your smart phone [you can still use the free wifi] and then have a small unlocked phone and buy a cheap local sim and then you will be able to make and receive really cheap calls and SMS / texts.
Hi Terese159, as the iP4 and iP4S uses the microSIM, best you go to a celco shop or one of their authorised dealer..so they have the device to punch the normal sized SIM dimension to microSIM dimensions.
But one very important aspect,is to know if these two phones are riding on a contract plan with an Australian celco-e.g. Telstra, Optus or Smartone--if so, it is known as carrier locked; in which case, you will not be able to use these iDevices with a Malaysian celco prepaid SIM.
Nonetheless, you could still bring them over to Malaysia, though do ensure to disable data roaming. Settings> General> Network> make sure data roaming is not activated.
Furthermore, as the SIM card carries what is known as a IMSI number, when you switch on (or disable Airplane mode after using on plane) when in Malaysia, then you will have a roaming mobile..in that calls could come in..and you are also charged.
(however, I do know, with the carrier Optus, you have the option to select whether you want this roaming service). As such,please check with your Australian celco carrier on this,if you wish to receive incoming calls on a roaming device.
So, with data roaming disabled, and you are carrier locked; your only option to still enjoy media and also makes calls on your iPhone is via WiFi--where you could still do that FaceTime, WhatsApp, Line, Tango, Viber etc,and Twitter and Facebook and surfing and streaming .
Would be nice if one of your two devices,is not carrier locked,then you can still get Malaysian prepaid SIM,and establish a personal hotspot on one.
(yep, Malaysia prepaid SIM still allows for personal hotspot, unlike the new prepaid Optus).
In fact, am now in Perth, and later after my late tea, will go around some celco shops,to find out which has prepaid SIM on LTE network...first stop should be Telstra..not too pleased with Optus).Edited: 15 June 2012, 08:14
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