Bali Backpacker's Guidelines

MOBILE OPERATORS & SIM CARD

BALI SIM CARD

– All Details to Know About Mobile Operator & SIM Card in Bali –

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WHAT SIM CARD USED IN BALI?

In Bali, Indonesia you will find 5 main mobile operators:

  1. Telkomsel
  2. XL Axiata
  3. Indosat Ooredoo IM3
  4. Smartfren
  5. Tri 

Every mobile operator has some different prepaid SIM cards and every prepaid SIM card has own benefits. Here the mobile operators and their SIM Card products:

  1. Telkomsel: simPATI, LOOP, Kartu As
  2. XL Axiata: XL, Axis
  3. Indosat Ooredoo IM3: Freedom
  4. Smartfren: Smartfren
  5. Tri: Tri

Telkomsel SIM Card Products

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XL Axiata SIM Card Products

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Indosat SIM Card Product

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Smartfren SIM Card Product

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Tri SIM Card Product

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WHAT IS THE MOST RECOMMENDED SIM CARD IN BALI?

One of the SIM Card is more expensive but covers mostly all Bali and Indonesia and you will be connected (have signal) when hiking at volcano or camping somewhere further from civilization. The other SIM card brand will be cheaper but sometimes with delay SMS, slow internet, poor connection, etc.

I recommend a backpacker using “Telkomsel” products. It has wide area coverage in Bali and Indonesia, better than others. You can SMS, Calling or use it for internet. But, the signal depend on location. If  far away from transmitter tower, you can not use for internet, just call and SMS only. Other place like in the city center it has high 4G internet speed.

Telkomsel SIM Card Products

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WHERE YOU CAN BUY TELKOMSEL PREPAID SIM CARD IN BALI?

The telecommunication ministry release a new policy on 2018 for SIM card. It must be registered by the buyer, not the SIM card seller. I recommend you buy a Telkomsel SIM card at official shop and then you register it on the official shop. Don’t forget to bring your Passport for registration. Here i provide the maps of Telkomsel SIM card official shops:

UBUD:

KUTA:

DENPASAR:

HOW MUCH THE PRICE OF TELKOMSEL SIM CARD?

It depend on how much internet data you need when you traveling. You need to pay around IDR 50,000 to 150,000 depending on how many GB you want to have included.

TELKOMSEL SIM CARD PRICE IN BALI NGURAH RAI AIRPORT

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*) It’s very expensive if you buy SIM card in the airport. Better you buy in the other places or Telkomsel official shop. This picture taken on December 12th, 2017.

HOW LONG A TELKOMSEL SIM CARD CAN BE USED OR VALID?

Validation depends on the telecommunication operator policy – one common validation is 1 month. Others promo products can be use for a few months. Even a promo product can be use till one year, but it’s rare promo. You can check your SIM Card validity using *888#.

HOW I PUT THE LOCAL SIM CARD INTO MY SMARTPHONE?

After you choose Telkomsel SIM card products, you can put it into your smartphone SIM Card slot or you can ask them (seller) to set up it as long your smartphone not locked. They will also help you to register your SIM Card. After that you can use it for internet in any places in Bali.

HOW I EXTEND INTERNET DATA PACKAGE IN MY TELKOMSEL SIM CARD?

If your internet  quote is finished, then you will need to put money (credit) to prepaid SIM card that called (“pulsa”) each time when you want to extend your internet quote. The “pulsa” amount depends on how much you want to put to prepaid SIM card. Usually its fixed amount – IDR 5 000, 10 000, 15 000, 25 000, 50 000 or 100 000. After you have ‘pulsa’ at your SIM card, you can use it to choose and pay the internet data package. Every internet data package has own price. You can choose the options using *363#.

As well the internet data package validation depends on the telecommunication operator policy – one common validation is 1 month.

WHAT IS PRO AND CONTRA USING TELKOMSEL SIM CARD?

PROS:

1. Wide area coverage.

It can cover mostly any places in Bali. Batur volcano, Lovina beach, Nusa Penida, etc. Even you can use it in Gili and other island in Indonesia.

2. High speed internet.

It’s relative more fast than other SIM Card brand. But, don’t compare the speed to your country’s speed. Indonesia is developing country, not advance country.

CONS:

1. Expensive.

It’s relative more expensive than other SIM Card brand.

2. Annoying advertisement.

Some advertisement come through SMS. You will accept some SMS as advertisement when you use it. Could be from Restaurant, ‘Donut’, ‘Pizza’ or ‘Cinema’. Much of travelers not love this things.

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