So when you start traveling the biggest concern you have is of maintaining a good form of communication with your loved ones back home. In a foreign land, you wouldn’t want to stay out of touch with your family. It is therefore very important to know about the modes of communication you will have in the place you are visiting. If it is the mode of communication you are talking about then it wouldn’t be a wise decision to forget about the contributions of telephone and how it has helped bridge the gaps between two people. If you think you are busy for a call, text messages would work just as fine. They keep you connected while you are on the go. Bali is considered to be a heaven on this Earth. If it is a trip or a vacation you are planning, you would want to stay connected with people back home.
Why do you need to get a sim card in Bali?
Your own sim can keep you connected but why pay for the extra roaming charges when you can do the same with a sim card bought from your destination Bali? Here are a few reasons why you need to have a sim card from Bali when you go to visit the place.
It is convenient
It is cheaper; a lot more than your sim you have on roaming.
It will give you better connectivity and communication
It will give you internet at cheaper rates.
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WHAT TO LOOK FOR?
So, when you go out to buy a sim in Bali, what exactly is it that you should be looking for? How can you make the experience a lot more convenient and cheaper for you? Let’s sort it out with some of our helpful tips which will help guide you on the basic factors you should be looking into in order to make the best decision.
The phone is unlocked otherwise the whole purpose would be defeated.
You have an idea on the basic sim card rates you should be expected to pay so that you do not get ripped off.
You get the sim registered on your name so that in case of an error you can get it replaced without any problem.
If you are using the phone for data services, pay the seller some extra money for the efforts he is putting in to get the sim in order for you.
You find someone who can find you all the codes that would allow you to make calls at much cheaper rates to countries like Australia etc. It will make sure that you are in contact with people in and outside Indonesia at cheaper rates.
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So when you go out to buy a sim for yourself, here are a few things you should be looking into.
You can always buy a new phone. If you think you cannot buy a new one or can’t afford it, then a second-hand model would do as well. You can always buy one from a roadside shop or a roadside stand or even a small electronics. Depending on the duration of your stay, you can invest in a model of your own choice.
A sim card can be bought from the same vendor or from local vendor or stores like including Circle K, Alfamart, and Indomart. The most common sim card providers are Telkomsel (Simpati), Indosat and XL. It is always convenient to go for the option of pay-as-you-go. This sim card usually costs around 5000Rp.The credit here is referred as a pulsa. The pay-as-you-go sim comes with pulsa of its own that you can always freeload when it ends from a store near you.
Usually, 5000Rp credit can last you for about a week or two given that you only use it for calls and messages. Anything above that is going to cost you more. So if you are using a smartphone be very cautious of how much data you are consuming.
To save the pulsa, always use international codes when making calls from Indonesia. You can find these codes from the local vendors and they can help you save a lot of money. Long distance calls are expensive and using these passcodes is one way to save money on your credit and limit your expenses.
The internet connection would depend on the sim you are using and the area you are in. Most of these sim cards do not come with the internet connection pre-activated. Therefore, you would be required to sit with the local vendor to activate the internet on your sim card for you. Depending on your usage, you will have to work out the credit you would want to be installed.
If it is 3G internet you are looking for then you might have to go an extra mile. It would require you to send and message to the local service providers. The message or the code you send will determine the kind of speed you want and the duration. It will depend on your usage along with the pulsa you are ready to spend on the 3G internet connectivity.
If you think you can compromise on the speed a little, then you can always use the simple internet connection here because it too gives you a good connectivity. When you feel like switching to a higher internet speed based on your requirements you can always opt for a 3G internet package that would last with you for the time being.
Bali is a beautiful place to live in. Make sure you make the experience even more worthwhile for you by switching over to a sim card that would meet all your requirements without costing you much. We hope the above-mentioned tips would help you out and solve a lot of your issues. Got anything to add to the story? Let us know in the comments below
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