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MobileTopup.com

New mobile topup credit service

MobileTopup.com has just launched in beta and users can now go and try out the new online top up service here.

The features of the new mobile credit service are:

  • Flat fee is  4% – 200 Baht of credit will cost you 208 Baht.
  • Automatic reoccurring monthly billing
  • Top up amounts are 50 – 800 Baht
  • Use of the newest and easiest Thai Baht credit card processor
  • Support for True Move, DTAC Happy and AIS 12Call PAYG

The beta is Facebook sign in only, and credit cards or local bank visa / master ATM cards are the payment method.

The recurring monthly billing is quite interesting since one of the pain points of pre-paid is having to top up.  With recurring billing turned on, you send a fixed amount each month, and the means no more trips to 7-11 or entering top up codes.   Of course unlink giving the carrier your credit card where they bill you any amount, here you’ll be limited to fixed amounts each month.   As people move to data only voice plan this, should be just fine.

MobileTopup.com

 

 

 

 

 

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New DTAC group calling tourist sim for 199 Baht

group calling dtac simA new sim from DTAC aimed at the 20 million tourists arriving yearly has a group calling plan where everyone in the group can call each other for free.  For family or friends this would make the perfect sim for all those in the group with unlocked phones.  This SIM is also good for the tech savvy callers who do all calling and texting thru 3G/4G, as there is none of the unneeded calling credit on the sim.

Like the 299 Tourist SIM, it has 7 days of free 3G/4G data.  It does not, however have the 100 Baht calling credit of the 299 Tourist Sim.  For users already comfortable with Facetime, Skype, Telegram, Whats App or other internet based chat app, it’s likely worth it over the $3 extra for the 299 Sim.

As always in Thailand, inbound calls are free, so having this Sim just to receive calls from friends and family, would be fine.   If you prefer to just use the sim for data, you can put it in a pocket wifi or 3G dongle and get your 7 days of data.

After 7 days, all bets are off, and you’re now just the owner of a plain old DTAC prepaid sim.  You still get free inbound calls, but you’ll need to topup in order to call out, and if you want to keep using the internet, you’ll need to sign up for a data package.  Fret not, this is easily done.

Airtime Credit Topup

First you’ll need credit.  If you have Paypal, head over to ThailandTopup.com for a quick and easy online recharge.  If you have Bitcoin.   If you have cash, any 7-11 or convenience store will sell topup credit.  You want to add enough to cover any of the packages.

DTAC 3G Data - Happy 3G Mobile Internet PackagesOnce you have your credit head over to dtacmobileinterent.com and find the package that best suits your needs.  There are daily, weekly, monthly packages as well as per megabyte and per time limit packages.   So if you need only 200 MB there is a package for you.

Data Package Signup

You sign up for any data package right from you phone using the USSD Keypress codes.  You’ll get a response via SMS once the package is active and your credit will be deducted.  Pro tip: Best you check your credit before and after any transaction by pressing 101*9# send.

If you’ve used the new sim, give us your thoughts below.

 

 

 

 

True Mobile only Company with Growth in 2014

Bangkok Post is reporting Thailand has a total of 94 million mobile phone subscribers on the big 3 networks, with a total of 76% of those using 3G data.  Slower growth this year is blamed on the coup and political unrest.

AIS still retains it’s lead with 15 million more subscribers than the number 2 DTAC.  Unsurprisingly True Move, which has been advertising 4G services well before their official launch, is only 5 million subscribers behind DTAC.

AIS has 19,300 3G base stations operating on the 2100-megahertz spectrum, covering 95% of population.

 

 

 

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DTAC 4G Trials that you can join

Enjoy 4G on dtac TriNet, dtac offers 4G free trial for 4 GB for 4 months.-1DTAC has announced 4G in Thailand, is running a trial that you can try out.  To try 4G on dtac TriNet in Bangkok,  Simply dial  *2014*9# for a 4G Trial of 4 GB per month for 4 months.  This privilege is for dtac TriNet prepaid and postpaid customers who have applied an unlimited Internet package starting at 399 Baht as specified by the service provider.  4G is available in the service areas and can be enjoyed for free for 4GB/month up to 4 months.

More details:

  • Ensure TriNet is your operating network.
    If not, simply upgrade to TriNet by dialling *3000 (free).
  • Check compatibility before using 4G on dtac TriNet. Simply dial: *364*9#
  • Ensure your SIM supports 4G.
  • Ensure your phone and equipment support 4G.
    Apple: iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPad Air, iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, iPad mini with Retina display
    BlackBerry: Z30
    HTC: Butterfly S, One Max, One mini, One (M8), Desire 816 (coming soon)
    LG: G2, Nexus 5
    Nokia: Lumia 1020, Lumia 1520, Lumia 820, Lumia 920, Lumia 925
    Samsung: Galaxy Note 3 LTE, Galaxy S5
    i-Mobile: IQ X KEN
    Sony: Xperia V, Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia Z2 Tablet LTE, Xperia Z2


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Crowdsourced network speed testing from OpenSignal.com

Open SignalWhat’s the best way to find out the best 3G or 4G network? Let all the users using the network report back with their experience. That’s what a new company called Open Signal aims to crowd source.

How does crowd sourced 3G mapping work?

We can all help to improve their coverage maps by grabbing the Android or iPhone apps. Once installed the app pings the cellular network you’re on and report back to the Open Signal servers. By recording the speed, network, tower and GPS location, Open Signal can determine which network has the best coverage in each area. Since speeds in any given area are constantly in flux, the data you see on the site today won’t be the same in the future. Also for now, the number of people in Thailand with the app is quite small, so the network survey is limited to those using the app.

Thailand cities and their best networks

Below are links to the maps of the major cities in Thailand, the current best network and their ranking compared to worldwide averages.

  • Bangkok – TOT 3G – 17% Better than worldwide average
  • Chiang Mai – AIS   – 35% Better than worldwide average
  • Pattaya – AIS  – 15% Better than worldwide average
  • Hua Hin – DTAC – 33% Better than worldwide average
  • Phuket – DTAC – 25% Better than worldwide average
  • Hat Yai – AIS – 49% Better than worldwide average
  • Khon Kaen – True Move – 29% Better than worldwide average

Bangkok 3G map

Power of the crowd

Open Signal aims to provide visualizations and analysis based on the data collected, including cellular coverage maps that show exactly how strong signal is in any particular area, as well as all the nearby towers for your carrier. As this data comes from users with the app, the info is not quite a good representation of carriers in Thailand – yet. Looking at this map of towers, it’s clear that much more data for Thailand is still needed. bangkok cell towers The site has a goal of being the “global authority on wireless networks” and to get there they will need a large install base.

Mobile data usage tracking

The mobile app has a few nice features besides just helping with a supply of user generated data for the maps on the site. One of the nicest features of the app is the data usage display. The app keeps track of your 3G data usage as well as your Wi-Fi data usage. The good thing about this is you can keep tabs on your cellular data allowance as well as realize the whole amount of usage you put through your smartphone. They also provide a month-to-month graph to give you some data visualization ability. iphone data usage

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AIS Pocket Wifi Review – ZTE MF65

The ZTE MF65 AIS version

AIS has launched a new model of pocket wifi device from ZTE (China). The device is know as the MF 65 and is a full featured 3G pocket Wifi router. The router is sold unlocked, meaning you can use it with AIS, DTAC or True Move – or any other SIM card in the world. The firmware is branded with AIS, but does not prevent you from using worldwide.

Upgrade or not

The device is narrower than the previous AIS Huawei (Pronounced “Hallway”) model, and a bit longer. Roughly the same thickness. Is it an upgrade? Well the ZTE has more features, larger battery, and at the same price point, so it’s and easy easy decision on which is better from a feature standpoint.

ZTE vs Huawei

 

 

What’s in the box

Let’s see what you get when you purchase an AIS pocket wifi.

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The contents of the box include SIM card, charger, device, warranty card and English manual.  The SIM gives you some basic free usage, and then you’ll have to top up and get on one of their 3G plans.

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The battery size is 1500 mAh, larger than the previous device from Huawei which was 1150 mAh.

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Normal SIM slot and Micro SD slot.  The previous Huawei had no Micro SD.

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2 Buttons, 3 Lights.

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USB wall charger and cable.

 

Setting up 3G on your device

To get started start up the device after putting the sim card in.   The sim card is inactive so just putting the SIM in the pocket wifi won’t activate it or start 3G.   You need to manually active the sim.

Here’s how:

1. Turn on your device and connect to the hotspot named “AIS 3G POCKET WIFI 21.6 Mbps”.  The wifi pass key is in the inside back cover.

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2.  Once your computer or device is connected, in your browser go to http://m.home/index.asp  or http://192.168.0.1  You will see the following screen once you click EN.

Home Screen

3. Click on “Activate SIM” in the lower left hand box.   This sends a USSD activation message to start up the SIM. This has to be done in Thailand.  To check it’s working go back to the main page  and you should see a bunch of SMS messages and as well as connected in top right.

You should now be online and surfing the interwebs.  When we activated we got about 10 SMS messages, so if your inbox fills up, you’ll know your active.

 

Other Features:

The home screen gives you several shortcut options.

Change Wifi Name

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Change Wifi Key

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Topup up with 12Call scratch card voucher. (From any 7-11)

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SMS messages inbox

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Advanced Menu Options

In the advanced menu you have all the device options, which are most features you’d expect to find on a full featured router, plus more.

Phonebook – Has stored numbers as well as you can add your own for SMS texting from the device.

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SMS – Send a new message, read, reply and delete old messages.  Save on the SIM or on the device.  Settings allow you to change SMS center number and change validity.

SMS management

 

SD Card  – Put in a micro SD card in the device to enable.

SD Card
HTTP Share Mode:Share the SD card via the Web browser and the removable drive mapping of the SD card via USB port will be disabled.
USB Access Only:Only user via USB cable can access the SD card by the removable drive mapping, the Web page of sharing SD card will be disabled.

Once you put in the SD card you’ll see.

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Sharing the contents looks like this.

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Settings – Full router settings

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USSD – Codes for your sim card

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Status  – Check on the stats of your usage, your network and various version numbers.

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Using with another carrier

We put a DTAC sim in just to test and this is what we got.  No configuration needed, just put it in and it worked.

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Device Specifications

  • Dimensions      102mm × 50mm × 13.7mm
  • Battery      1500mAh
  • Wi-Fi      Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 10 Wi-Fi connections
  • Messaging      SMS
  • OS Compatibility      Win8, Win7, Windows XP, Vista, Linux, Mac OS
  • Memory      MicroSD Slot, up to 32GB
  • Others      OLED Screen display, 3 LED light indicators, AP/STA, Multi SSID, WPS, IPv6
  • Radio      HSPA+/HSUPA/HSDPA/UMTS 2100/1900/900 (850)MHz
    EDGE/GPRS/GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • Peak Data Rate      HSPA+:DL 21.6Mbps/UL 5.76Mbps

 

Summary

The device is easy to use, easy to connect to, has a days battery life and should do a nice job of filling in the gaps of where you don’t have proper or working wifi in Thailand.  Given that it’s unlocked, and you can use it worldwide, it’s a device for any regular traveler.  It’s also a step up from the previous AIS pocket wifi offering.

As for battery life,  got about 4 hours of continuous usage.

DTAC Happy Promotion – Get 6GB of 3G data

Note: I just tested this, and it came back with a message”You are already a user.” The ad says “New and Current Subscribers” which means we now understand to mean “New and current subscribers, that have not yet signed up for a data package.”   So if you’re already using 3G on a smartphone, you’re out of luck.

Good news for DTAC Happy users.  DTAC is offering a simple promo to give you 6GB of extra FUP data over 6 months.  So really that’s an extra 1GB per month.  Still not bad for only entering the USSD code: *567*9#

What’s the catch?  Well if you don’t happen to spend 200 thb or more yet, you’ll need to.  “Customers will not receive free 1GB internet if refill amount in 2nd – 6th month is below 200 baht”   So just spend more than 200thb per month, and you’ve got an extra 1GB of download speeds.

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For more, check out the DTAC site here.

Deezer Music with DTAC

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Deezer is a new music service that allows you to choose from a library of over 20 million tracks, build playlists and listen to your favorite tunes on your smartphone.

There is now an exclusive Deezer subscription for DTAC and DTAC Happy customers: Deezer Mobile offers you unlimited access to your music, on 3G or WiFi, via your smartphone. Deezer Lite is  designed for prepaid customers.

All customers can choose Deezer Premium+ to enjoy music on the go (via your smartphone/tablet) and at home (via your PC/Mac or selected home entertainment devices, see www.deezer.com for details ).

Much like Spotify, Deezer also includes recommendations by Deezer’s own editorial team, artist information, dedicated radio stations and artist’s own suggestions.

To sign up for the DTAC Deezer unlimited package:

*104*553*5720382#

Mobile Expo at Queen Sirikit

The mobile expo is on October 3-6 at Queen Sirikit convention center. The Mobile Expo is essentially a huge phone and accessory sale. If you’re in the market for an android-based smart phone or device this event has what you’re looking for.

Notable brands that showed up this year are in Ais, DTAC, Truemove, Samsung, Sony, Lenovo, and a handful of Thai brands.

The biggest booths were held by Samsung, AIS, Dtac, Nokia and Truemove. Apple of course was nowhere to be seen, however I can easily see why they would not want to be associated with the plethora of choice that has become android.

On display at the Samsung booth was a full line of android phones as well as their new smartwatch. The smartwatch was double the thickness of my pebble watch and quite a bit of chunky metal on your arm. I can’t see any mass adoption for this particular model, but surely will get slimmer and easier to use in the future.

The major non-phone product I noticed for sale was supplemental battery packs. These were everywhere in every color and size, a sign of the current lack of battery power in today’s smart phones.

The Intel booth displayed some products like the fitbit and jawbone devices, but they were not for sale.

The bottom line for this event is that it’s for selling phones and accessories. There’s not a whole lot of cutting edge tech on display. If you’re looking for a new android phone this would be the place to come.

A few photos from the 2013 Bangkok Mobile Expo

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Compare True Move, AIS and DTAC in Google Trends

Google trends compares search terms over time.  You can be a great way to gauge interest and popular ready for various search terms.  Just like Twitter hashtags, Google also shows what the breakout search terms are and how they compare to each other.

I did a little comparison on the three major carriers in Thailand.   The graph below shows the interest Google searchers have in the search terms Ais Thailand, Dtac Thailand, and Truemove Thailand.   Also arise graph, so feel free to check back here anytime to see the progress.
To have some more fun, I did another search. In Google search trends you can also select the search country. The graph below is searches from inside Thailand for the search terms Samsung and iPhone.

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DTAC 3G Package

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DTAC unlimited 3G internet data packages. A DTAC 3g data package works on any DTAC phone and lets you used 3G internet without paying by the minute.

How to get a 3G data package

To sign up, enter the code in your phone and press send. You will get a SMS confirmation upon sign up.

  • choose a DTAC plan

  • 3G at maximum speed 42Mbps3G at maximum speed 42Mbps
  • Unlimited Speed after 3G usageUnlimited Speed after 3G usage
  • Free DTAC WiFi Free DTAC WiFi
  • Auto Renewal Auto Renewal
  • Works forWorks for
  • Price including 7% VATPrice including 7% VAT
  • 1 Day 3G Plan

  • ฿49

    a day

  • 3G at maximum speed 42Mbps150 MB
  • Unlimited Speed after 3G usage384 Kbps
  • Free DTAC WiFi no
  • Auto Renewal Sign up each dayno
  • Works foryes
  • Price including 7% VAT฿ 53
  • 1 Week 3G Plan

  • ฿199

    a week

  • 3G at maximum speed 42Mbps1 GB
  • Unlimited Speed after 3G usage384 Kbps
  • Free DTAC WiFi no
  • Auto Renewal Sign up each weekno
  • Works foryes
  • Price including 7% VAT฿ 213
  • Deezer 3G Plan

  • ฿449

    per month

  • 3G at maximum speed 42Mbps1.2 Mbs
  • Unlimited Speed after 3G usage384 Kbps
  • Free DTAC WiFi Free Deezer Music - deezer.comno
  • Auto Renewal Will not renew with insufficient balanceyes
  • Works foryes
  • Price including 7% VAT ฿ 481
  • 399 3G Plan

  • ฿399

    per month

  • 3G at maximum speed 42Mbps1.5 GB
  • Unlimited Speed after 3G usage64 Kbps
  • Free DTAC WiFi Dial *4000*9# for passwordyes
  • Auto Renewal Will not renew with insufficient balanceyes
  • Works foryes
  • Price including 7% VAT฿ 481
  • 650 3G Plan

  • ฿650

    per month

  • 3G at maximum speed 42Mbps3 GB
  • Unlimited Speed after 3G usage384 Kbps
  • Free DTAC WiFi Dial *4000*9# for passwordyes
  • Auto Renewal Will not renew with insufficient balanceyes
  • Works foryes
  • Price including 7% VAT฿ 696
  • 890 3G Plan

  • ฿890

    per month

  • 3G at maximum speed 42Mbps5 GB
  • Unlimited Speed after 3G usage384 Kbps
  • Free DTAC WiFi Dial *4000*9# for passwordyes
  • Auto Renewal Will not renew with insufficient balanceyes
  • Works foryes
  • Price including 7% VAT฿ 953

What if I don’t use a package?

If you don’t use a 3G package you will be charged at a rate from .25 THB to 1 THB per minute of data usage (depending on your type of SIM). If you use a smart phone this will cost up to 1,440 Baht for a 24 hour period. So having a package is essential to keep from paying per minute.

Where can I use a data package?

You can use a 3G data package on any feature phone, smart phone, ipad or tablet, usb 3G modem or pocket WiFi.   In the case of an ipad, pocket WiFi or USB aircard, first put the sim in a phone and enter then code.  Then put the sim into your air card or pocket wifi to use internet.

How can I check my remaining balance or find my phone number?

Our DTAC USSD codes page has some of these handy codes.

What if the package doesn’t work or I have questions?

In case that the activation shortcut shown in this website does not work, please dial 1678 for assistance in English.

Can I use any DTAC SIM?

Pretty much any prepaid version or even postpaid with work with these codes.  If you have the DTAC tourist sim, you can use these codes to sign up for a package once your 7 free days are finished.

 

DTAC Happy USSD Codes

These are some free codes you can enter into your DTAC Happy phone to do a few useful things like check your balance, turn on your roaming, and check on your 3G internet balance.  Very handy.

  • Check your remaining balance – Press: *101*9# send or *101# send
  • Check your Internet credit – Press: *101*4*9# send
  • Check your SMS credit – Press: *101*2*9# send
  • Check your Happy for free credit – Press: *101*5*9# send
  • Find out your phone number – Press: *102*9# send
  • Check your Promotion – Press: *103*9# send – Switch plans IVR: Press *1003 send press 9
  • Current and last month’s usage – Press *108*9# send
  • Emergency refill service – Press *110*9# send
  • [sws_tooltip trigger=”Extend Validity” tooltipcontent=”Rates: 2 baht/30 day request, 6 baht/90 day, 12 baht/180 day. User will receive a confirmation SMS. Must have activated SIM for at least 90 days continuously, or have a total usage balance of over 200 baht. Account must not be suspended, and must have at least 1 day before it expires. Remaining credit may not be less than 10 baht after use. Account validity may not exceed 365 days.” effect=”toggle” width=”400px”] [/sws_tooltip] – Press : *113*[number of days 30/90/180]*9#send Example: *113*180*9# send for 180 day extension.
  • Wrong number Refund service – Keypress:*111*9# send – IVR:*1011
  • Emergency Call Me Back service – Press: *114*10_digits_number_you_want_to_contact*9# send – IVR:*1490
  • Turn on IR (International Roaming) – Press: *118*9#send or *1018 send
  • Turn off IR – Press: *118*2*9#send
  • Check IR roaming status- Press: *118*3*9#send
  • Check the price of a call to any country – Press: 004 international_number_to_call send
  • Credit Transfer Service – Press : *112*10 digits Happy Number*amount*9# send (Amounts: 20-200 Baht, 2 baht fee) IVR: *1411
  • Live Thai to English translation service: IVR: *1021 send
  • Check remaining balance of your internet package – *101*4*9# send
  • Check if the number is in DTAC network – *102*1*10 digits number*9# send
  • Check if the number is in DTAC network area – *102*10 digits number*9# send
  • Activate/Deactivate Happy internet – *104*71*9# send (Activate) *104*72*9# send (Deactivate)

 

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