eSIM in Malaysia 🇲🇾 : Top 3 local carriers and supported eSIM smartphones

eSIM in Malaysia: Top 3 local carriers and supported eSIM smartphones

Let’s take a look at your options of eSIM in Malaysia

As they say, Malaysia is Truly Asia. This is one country where you can set foot and get to experience the best of what Asia has on offer.

A multicultural country, Malaysia gives you a glimpse of the heritage of Chinese, Indians, Sri Lanka and other Asian countries as well. In terms of landscape, this country allures with beaches, hills and even glistening cityscapes like that of Kuala Lumpur. It has its arms open wide to greet travelers from across the world, serving them delicious food, pampering them with a buzzing shopping scenario and traditional spas.

Whether you’re on a shoestring budget or are looking for a splurging vacation, Malaysia will please you! You can choose to stay in a welcoming hostel or pick a luxury hotel with all the modern amenities. Most of the sightseeing attractions in this country have reasonable entry charges. You can also save money on commute by opting for frequent public transportation. Or if you want some special treatment, you can always hire a limo for yourself.

As you wander through the streets of Malaysia, you will realize there are not just Malays who call this place home; the country also belongs to a significant amount if Indians, Chinese and Sri Lankans, as well as others. Malaysia is a melting pot of cultures from around the world, and this blend of different ethnicities is what makes this country stand out.

There are various UNESCO Heritage Sites here that narrate tales and flaunts a heritage that will inspire you from within.

Best places in Malaysia for culture-enthusiasts: Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, George Town, Ipoh, and Putrajaya

Not only that Malaysia has a lot to offer, all major local carriers support eSIMs as well!

Traveling to Malaysia? Stay connected by purchasing an eSIM online!

eSIMs are easy to activate without the need of physical swapping of cards to install a connection. They also allow for another physical SIM to be used at the same time.  Travel eSIMs are especially good as you can get them digitally right before you travel. eSIMs is perfect for travelers as it removes the need for individual SIMs. You can also upgrade devices in a breeze by registering your new device with your cellular network provider.

Local Carriers

digi

digi is the largest network in Malaysia by consumer base today, as it overtook Maxis in 2016. It’s half owned by Norwegian Telenor group. 4G/LTE has started in Kuala Lumpur in 2013 and is on par with its two rivals

They were also the first to offer GPRS (2.5G) and later EDGE (2.75G) in Malaysia on 14 May 2004. DiGi primarily uses the 1800 MHz band for GSM with the network code of 502-16.

Digi is listed on the Bursa Malaysia under the Infrastructure category act.

It uses the native dialing prefix identifier of “010”, “011 16000000 through 16499999”, “016”, “0143”, “0146” and “0149”, although with the implementation of mobile number portability mandated by the Malaysian government this does not apply to subscribers who switched from their old mobile service provider over to Digi. At the moment, switching to Digi is free.

This carrier supports eSIM in Malaysia. 

Check out their local prices and coverage (in MYR)

Maxis

maxis malaysiaMaxis, Maxis Berhad is a communications service provider in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, providing a variety of communication products, applications and value added services for consumers, large enterprises and small & medium business owners.

As of 2016, Maxis has a 100% 4G population coverage with minimum signal strength of -110dBm in Klang Valley, Penang and Johor Bahru; 95% 4G population coverage with minimum signal strength of -110dBm across all state capitals; 88% 4G population coverage with minimum signal strength of -110dBm nationwide.

In July 2018, Maxis claimed that its 4G LTE network covered 92% of the human population in the country.

There are several high-profile celebrities who have signed on as spokespersons for Maxis, including Siti Nurhaliza, the Malaysian reality television show Akademi Fantasia’s contestants, along with Jessy Wong The Diva and Arthur the Brave and Fluffy. Maxis was the first company to launch LTE services in Malaysia on 1 January 2013, starting in the Klang Valley region.

Maxis operates 2G GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 3G WCDMA/HSPA+/DC-HSPA, 4G LTE networks.

This carrier supports eSIM in Malaysia. 

Check out their local prices and coverage (in MYR ) 

maxis price

Celcom

Celcom is the oldest mobile telecommunications provider in Malaysia. Celcom is a member of the Axiata group of companies.

Being one of the very few companies in Malaysia to originally obtain a cellular phone license, it successfully introduced mobile telephony in Malaysia through its ART-900 (Automatic Radio Telephone) service, using first-generation (analogue) ETACS (Extended Total Access Communication System) specifications of the United Kingdom, a derivative of the US-AMPS (Advanced Mobile Phone System) technology. The ETACS ART-900 was started using the prefix “010”.

Celcom now uses the dialling prefix identifier of “013” and “019” and offer digital GSM (Groupe Speciale Mobile), an originally European standard, now largely a world standard for mobile communications. The original frequency band for GSM is 900 MHz and was soon extended to 1800 MHz to cater for much wider bandwidth requirements. The 2100 MHz band is used for their dual-channel HSPA+ network. Celcom is also licensed and has been operating FDD-LTE on 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz.

Through the Mobile Number Portability by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, Celcom also provides Virtual Mobile Operator services. The company also provides rural communications services using CDMA Technology and Satellite Phone.

This carrier supports eSIM in Malaysia. 

Check out their local prices and coverage (in MYR)

eSIM2Fly Roaming Sim

asia packageSo how does a roaming eSIM compare with local eSIMs?

Local SIMs are charging about USD 2.05 per GB.   The price per GB on Sim to fly is USD 3.10 of per GB on the first package then only USD 2.50 for add on packages.   This makes the eSIM2Fly roaming sim competitive with the local eSIMs in price per GB.

Price of 6GB in USD

In the graph above, we see the equivalent cost of 6 GB when priced in USD.

digi

  • Only available at participating Digi Stores / Digi Store Express nationwide
  • NO KYC required

Maxis

  • Can be purchased at all Maxis Centres, Maxis Exclusive Partners and Maxis Online Store (for new device purchase only)
  • NO KYC required

Celcom

  • You may visit any bluecube to get your Celcom eSIM
  • NO KYC required

SIM2FLY

  • Can be purchased online
  • NO KYC required

eSIM Device and Installation

Check if your device supports eSIM prior to purchasing. See our full list of known eSIM devices. How do I install an eSIM with QR code?

AIS Roaming parters provide the local data in each country.  The SIM will auto connect or you can choose.

For any other questions regarding eSIMs, check our FAQ!

2020-11-30T10:43:37+07:00October 19th, 2020|updates|0 Comments

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