Internet, communications and SIM cards from AIS (1-2-Call) in Thailand

I finally bought a SIM card from AIS, drove with it byThailand and now have experience using a third mobile operator. I usually write large and informative posts, but now there will be a short note, because DTAC and True move I have already told you in detail, I will not repeat it, much much the same.

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Where to buy sim card AIS

Simka can traditionally be bought at the airport,7-eleven minimarket and any AIS office. Sims are different, but in general, everything is about the same. Sims at the airport cost 300-700 baht and they have one of the Internet packages already connected (these are). Regular Simka without a package of 50 baht and then you need to connect to it the Internet package. Call tariffs are similar to tariff plans and if you are a regular wintering tourist, then they will not matter to you, cost about 1 baht / min.

Simka DTAC is 2 times cheaper, Bangkok>

Simka DTAC is 2 times cheaper, Phuket>

Sims are sold in small envelopes. Usually there are all 3 at once: mini, macro and nano. You just need to squeeze the right one. Passport with the purchase is required.

Simka AIS, sell at the airport and 7-11, cost depending on the package

Simka AIS, sell at the airport and 7-11, cost depending on the package

AIS Internet Packages

Mobile Internet packages are different. If you are in Tae on a tourist visa, then you need to look at all the rates in the Prepaid section, because Postpaid is for those who live on other visas. I will not post a tariff table here, here's a link to them. Each of these packages is a one-time. And here is another link for packages that will be renewed every next month. Just remember, links can become outdated, Thais like to change the structure on their brain-bearing sites.

Packages of traffic are different, for 1 day, for 7 days, for 30 days and so on. And, accordingly, the number of gigabytes included in the package also differs.

These are the AIS rates offered to me at the airport

An example of tariffs from AIS (now more traffic for the money)

Please note that these rates, althoughThey are supposedly called unlimited, they are not. Marketing like that. After the exhaustion of traffic, the speed is cut to 128 or 384 kbps. The trimmed speed depends on the connected package. The speed of 128 is not enough for almost anything (there is no Internet), at 384 you can slowly surf, rewrite in social networks and instant messengers, but also not very.

Packages also include unlimited AIS WiFi,which can be caught in any shopping centers or other public places. There are a lot of similar points in Bangkok, not only from AIS, but in general from all operators.

Unlimited Internet from AIS

Not so long ago, all Thai operators appearedreally unlimited tariffs. That is, really, without restriction of the traffic. But the catch is and it already consists in speed limit: 384 kbps, 512 kbps, 1 Mbps, 4 Mbps or 6 Mbps. Depends on the selected fare. I would not consider below 1 megabit, and would rather take 4 or 6. Then it will be enough for everything and will not slow down. Prices are quite reasonable, for example, 6 megabits for 30 days costs only 550 baht. Very much.

And there is a tariff as much as 300 megabits, butIt will work only in 4G networks. In 3G networks, the speed is only 4 megabits. Cost 1500 baht for 30 days. I wonder how wide the 4G coverage of AIS is.

Unlimited fares, see the link on the official website.

How to disable Internet AIS package

Such a question arises among those who have exhausted theirtraffic ahead of time. For example, you bought the tariff for 30 days, and the traffic ended with you in 2 weeks. And you either disconnect this package and connect a new one (the same) again, or wait another 2 weeks (until 30 days have run out), until the subscriber registers again and you are not given a package for the next month. Moreover, if there is no money in the account, that is, the subscriber cannot subscribe to the package, the package will be disconnected. But you can turn it off before.

  • The easiest way is to log into your personal account on the AIS website and disconnect there.
  • Call the call center 1175 and disable the package Internet.
  • Find an AIS office and ask the Thais to disconnect you there.

Internet settings (access point)

For some reason, after you insert a new SIM cardfrom AIS, the Internet settings do not come automatically in the message, and immediately they are also not protected on the SIM card. They must be added manually and in the envelope there should be an instruction how to do this. But if you do not have it for some reason, then here is a picture for you. There are MMS settings if you need them.

For android: Settings -> Mobile networks -> Access point -> Add new.
For iPhone: Basic -> Network -> Cellular Data Network -> Cellular Data (APN, Username, Password). And then enter all that is written below.

Name (Name): AIS
Access Point (APN): internet
Authentication Type: CHAP
Access point type (APN): default or internet
Do not touch the remaining fields.

Instructions on how to set up Internet from AIS

Instructions on how to set up Internet from AIS

Coverage area

I usually buy myself a DTAC sim card, but this time I decided to play it safe and buy AIS as well. Therefore, when driving from Phuket to Bangkok by car (via Kao Sok), then switched from one SIM to another,checking what's best. So the conclusions are: in the mountains and far from civilization AIS catches better, that is, its coverage is wider, including 3G Internet. AIS even worked on Similans, where DTAC was not. But in terms of speed DTAC was faster, well, this is in those places where he has a steady reception. In general, I made such a conclusion: when traveling around Ty, if you need fast Internet, then it is better to have two SIM cards.

In large cities and tourist places by and large, no matter what SIM to use.

How to make cheap calls to Russia from Thailand

003 - code for cheap calls to other countries. Use it like this: 003-7-926-123-23-23. That is, 003 must be typed instead of “+” before the seven. The call to Russia costs 4 baht / min.

005 and 009 - exactly the same codes, only the call will be more expensive 9 baht and 7 baht, respectively.

And here's a whole post on this topic - how to call from abroad.

Useful codes

* 121 # - balance check
* 121 * 3 # - check traffic balance
* 700 # - change the language of all information sms
Here is the link for a list of all codes on the AIS website.

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