In Indonesia you will see 4 main mobile operators (“Telkomsel”, “XL”, “Indosat”, “Smart”) with different prepaid cards – for example “Loop”, “IM3” and etc. One of them is more expensive but covers mostly all Indonesia area and you will be reachable while hiking in some volcano or camping somewhere further from civilization. Other option will be cheaper but sometimes with delay SMS delivery, slow internet etc. Most probably the local people are using the cheapest one and has good connection in their exact area.
WHAT IS THE MOST RECOMMENDED SIM CARD IN YOGYAKARTA?
I recommend for backpacker using a SIM Card by “Telkomsel” operator. It has wide area coverage in Indonesia, better than others. You can sms, call or internet browsing, but the signal depend on location, if it’s far away from transmitter tower, you can not doing internet, just call and sms only.
HOW MANY VARIANT OF TELKOMSEL SIM CARD PRODUCT?
There are three kind of Telkomsel SIM Card product:
HOW MUCH THE PRICE OF TELKOMSEL SIM CARD PRODUCT?
SimPATI = IDR 10K.
As = IDR 5K.
Loop = IDR 5K.
*) Those price just for SIM card only. Not include internet package and without “Pulsa” or phone credit for calling or SMS.
**) These price based on my visit at Loop station on August 19th, 2019. The price may change in advance. These price not valid for any unofficial SIM card shop.
***) After you choose mobile SIM Card, you will need to put money as phone credit to a system of pre-paid credit for handphones in Indonesia. Prepaid credit (“pulsa”) may be purchased at official shop and not official SIM card shop. Pulsa or prepaid credit is sold either as a scratchcard with a unique number or electronically or ATM transfer. The “pulsa” amount depends on how much you want to put prepaid credit into your smartphone. Usually its fixed amount – IDR 5 000, 10 000, 15 000, 25 000, 50 000, 100 000, 125 000 or 150 000. As well the “pulsa” validation depends on mobile operator policy – one suggest validation is one month, others – to use till you will finish it (this is rare promo product). You can check your SIM Card validity using *888#.
HOW MUCH THE PRICE OF INTERNET QUOTE?
1 GB = IDR 25K (August 19th, 2019).
2 GB = IDR 33K (August 19th, 2019).
*) Make sure you order an national internet, not a local internet. So, you can use internet in next city or province after Yogyakarta such as Bali, Lombok or Jakarta. If you buy a SIM card at unofficial shop usually they not mention it as local internet. So, you will find it can not be use for internet in other city. This issue often happened by international traveler.
**) Make sure the number of GB as real internet quote, not include video package or social package. So, you can get the real GB internet quote. If you buy a SIM card in unofficial shop usually it included as internet package. But, the GB internet is not real. It’s include video package and other. So, you will get smaller internet quote actually. Also it’s a local internet, it can’t be use in other city. Many international traveler didn’t realize about this issue because the unofficial shop not mention about this and they offering cheap price. So, it’s better if you buy in official shop.
WHERE YOU CAN BUY TELKOMSEL PREPAID SIM CARD IN YOGYAKARTA?
*) 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 can register it on the official shop. Don’t forget to bring your Passport, they will help you to register it. Here i provide the maps of Telkomsel SIM card official shops:
*) If your hotel around Malioboro area or Sosrowijayan area or Prawirotaman area better you choose the Telkomsel official shops on the 2nd map above. Loop station relative closer from your hotel. The open hours: 9 AM – 9 PM.
HOW I EXTEND INTERNET DATA PACKAGE IN MY TELKOMSEL SIM CARD?
If your internet quote is finished, then you will need to put money (phone 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, 100 000, 125 000 or 150 000. 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.
*) Today the ads come through SMS. You will accept some SMS as advertisement when you open it. Could be from Restaurant, ‘Donut’, ‘Pizza’ or ‘Cinema’. Much of travelers not love this things. At least you won’t surprised if it happened to you.
**) On December 2018, if you browsing use a Telkomsel SIM Card, you will see a pop up advertisement. This is another way how they make a money. It’s really annoying.
***) There is no good telecommunication operator in Indonesia. The option are bad and worse! I recommend you to use this operator because they have a lot of BTS (Base Transceiver Station). It means they have wide coverage area in Indonesia (good signal). But, it doesn’t mean their services satisfying (high speed internet).