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Old 5th April 2012, 05:41 AM
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How easy is it to buy internet sticks, as I will be doing a bit of wrk and travelling can you buy them in a 7/11 type store pay as you go or do you have to have a registerd account 1


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i got by with one for a year, an AIS Aircard. At times it can be slower than dial-up in rural areas (as we were) but fine if you're closer to a transmitter. Cost me 1500 baht (2 years ago) including sim card - it's a standard phone sim. The rates have dropped, used to pay 700b for the top monthly package.

They have various options here 3.6 up to 21 mbps

No contract required, see pic attached for their current rates (source) I used to put the sim into my phone, dial in the code eg *138*33# call for a 20 hour top up.

Can only speak for AIS-12call as that is the only service I used. Where we lived in Sa Kaeo province they were best cellphone provider, there was no service at all from True Move.

Bought mine in a shopping mall, no shortage of places selling phones and sims etc, plenty of places to buy them though have not seen at local 7/11. Top-up is same as for phone, some ATMs (Kasikorn I use) and yes 7/11 sell recharge cards.
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i got by with one for a year, an AIS Aircard. At times it can be slower than dial-up in rural areas (as we were) but fine if you're closer to a transmitter. Cost me 1500 baht (2 years ago) including sim card - it's a standard phone sim. The rates have dropped, used to pay 700b for the top monthly package.

They have various options here 3.6 up to 21 mbps

No contract required, see pic attached for their current rates (source) I used to put the sim into my phone, dial in the code eg *138*33# call for a 20 hour top up.

Can only speak for AIS-12call as that is the only service I used. Where we lived in Sa Kaeo province they were best cellphone provider, there was no service at all from True Move.

Bought mine in a shopping mall, no shortage of places selling phones and sims etc, plenty of places to buy them though have not seen at local 7/11. Top-up is same as for phone, some ATMs (Kasikorn I use) and yes 7/11 sell recharge cards.
Got an AirCard with AIS sim in 2008 which cost not far off baht 10,000 back then - worked nearly everywhere I needed to go in Thailand although pretty slow in some remote areas. It finally packed up last year , so bought a Huawei E173 (7.2 Mbps) USB internet stick costing baht 1,750 which has easier start up and is noticeably faster - haven't found anywhere yet it doesn't work including right on the Burmese border at Saiyok with all the hills around.

The AIS sim package I have costs baht 350 per month for 100 hours internet use.
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I am planning on spending a few months in Phuket or Koh Samui. I am looking to rent a serviced apartment, they come with internet connection but I am trying to research a back up plan if there connection is no good. What options does a tourist have for Mobile Broadband and are the services any good. Replies appreciated.


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I just moved back to Thailand and stayed in a condo in Chiang Mai for a month while house hunting. They charged an extra B700 a month for crappy wifi. I had a wifi only iPad which was great in the US where wifi is just about anywhere. Here with hard to find wifi, I sold my iPad and got a 4G one. (of course there is only 3G service here) and got an unlimited data plan with AIS for about B700 per month. It's truly unlimited, not throttled at some point. This does fine for GPS or uploading photos etc.

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I just moved back to Thailand and stayed in a condo in Chiang Mai for a month while house hunting. They charged an extra B700 a month for crappy wifi. I had a wifi only iPad which was great in the US where wifi is just about anywhere. Here with hard to find wifi, I sold my iPad and got a 4G one. (of course there is only 3G service here) and got an unlimited data plan with AIS for about B700 per month. It's truly unlimited, not throttled at some point. This does fine for GPS or uploading photos etc.
HI Channabatura, Thanks for your reply. You said the AIS service is unlimited, is it a reliable service and whats the speed like. Does the speed remain fast all the time or does it slow down at peak times.

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The key with aircard is location - there will be 'dead' areas on Phuket as well as ones that provide good coverage.
Still use mine for travel occasionally, really does vary town to town.


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You can check mobile phone providers' coverage on their websites which are in both Thai and English. Based on my experience, I would say the choices are AIS and Truemove. I prefer Truemove to AIS, as it is easier for me to find Truemove shops with helpfull staff in some remote provinces. I find AIS or Telewiz staff very slow and confused most of the time, and I am a native Thai speaker! If you have a PAYG SIM card and forget to pay your bill on time, AIS charge a few hundred Baht surcharge.

As for aircards, go for one from Huawei as it will work fine with any Thai SIM card. My AIS stick does not support Truemove SIM card very well when I move to a new area where AIS coverage is terrible.

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Hi all,

Hoping to have a business up and running in Thailand in 6 months time. I will be heavily reliant on a solid Internet (need to access overseas servers permanently, cloud etc). Is there anywhere outside of Bangkok which has a strong reliable fast Internet as i would prefer to live outside of Bangkok. Indeed, does Bangkok even have this? IT is not my field so I hope I have worded the question so you can understand my point!
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One thing about Thailand compared to the states, internet in Thailand is fast and reliable. Subscribe with "True". A monthly package, on line all the time, costs 802 baht.
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