eSIM in Thailand 🇹🇭 : everything you need to know

eSIM in Thailand: everything you need to know

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

Everybody loves Thailand. Thailand has one of the most diverse and delicious dishes. When on vacation in Thai, one of the best things that you will enjoy is the food and you cannot eat the same meal twice because there is so much to choose from. The food is not only delicious, but it is cheap as well. There are food vendors on the street who typically sell delicious food at a cheaper price. So when in Thai, you don’t need to worry about spending more on food because food is affordable even in the hotel and resorts.

Thailand has the best beaches in the world. The beaches have warm, clear water, and stunning vistas. The marine life is just spectacular. There are many different types of beaches in Thai; from quite, to laid back, to party all night.

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

Traveling to Thailand? 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

AIS (1-2- Call, you! Mobile)
AIS Thailand

AIS  (Advanced Info Service Public Company Limited (AIS) ) has the largest 2G/3G network with a 50% customer share. It’s part of the SingTel Corp. that also owns e.g. Optus in Australia and SingTel in Singapore.

Surprisingly, AIS was the last major provider to start 4G/LTE in 2016 on the 1800 and 2100 MHz band (B3, B1), partly marketed as “4.5G” or LTE Advanced. It now covers 80% of the population in 2017: 3G/4G coverage map and is competitive to True and dtac. 5G has started on 2600 MHz (n41). AIS’ prepaid brand is often dubbed 1-2-Call.

The company is controlled by the Intouch Holdings (formerly Shin Corporation), headed by Temasek Holdings, a Singapore government-owned agency. AIS listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand on 5 November 1991. As of 23 December 2011, Intouch holds 40.45 percent of the shares of the company and Singapore Telecommunications (also majority-held by Temasek) together with Thai Trust Fund and OCBC Nominees holds a 23.32 percent stake.[

Temasek bought the AIS brand through the 2006 acquisition of the Shin Corporation from ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

In February 2014, in a conflict between the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PRDC) and Shinawatra, the PDRC called for a boycott of AIS, wrongly believing it to be owned by the Shinawatra family.

This carrier supports eSIM in Thailand. 

Check out their local prices and coverage (in THB)

AIS price

dtac

dtacdtac, for Total Access Communication is Thailand’s 3rd largest network by the number of users. It’s partly owned by Telenor group from Norway and is the network that owns the biggest wireless bandwidth in the country. Its prepaid brand is called Happy.

4G/LTE started in 2014 on 2100 MHz (B1) in Bangkok only and has been expanded in 2015 to Phuket and Pattaya and another 40 cities nationwide: 4G coverage map. In 2015 4G/LTE was started in the metro Bangkok area mostly on the additional 1800 MHz (B3) frequency which is much more common internationally. In June, 2018 DTAC started offering 4G+ on the rare 2300 MHz frequency through a deal with TOT. 5G is planned on 700 MHz.

This carrier supports eSIM in Thailand. 

Check out their local prices and coverage (in THB ) 

TrueMove

TrueMove is Thailand’s 2nd largest network and the most heavily advertised. TrueMove is part of the larger True Corp. conglomerates, owned by CP Group which is the biggest retailer owning all 7-Eleven and Tesco stores in Thailand.

They were the first provider in to bring 4G/LTE on the 2100 MHz (B1) to Thailand. Its 4G/LTE coverage is the best so far in the country and comprises 80% rising to 96% by the end of 2016: 4G coverage map in Thai and list in English. In 2015 the much more usual 1800 MHz (B3) was added for 4G/LTE as well as 850 and 900 MHz (B8) in 2016. 5G has started in 2020 on 2600 MHz (n41).

This carrier supports eSIM in Thailand. 

Check out their local prices and coverage (in THB)

eSIM2Fly Roaming Sim

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

Local SIMs are charging about USD 2.12 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.

AIS

  • Can be purchased online and through AIS branches
  • NO KYC required

dtac

  • Can be purchased online and through dtac branches
  • NO KYC required

truemove

  • Can be purchased online
  • 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!

2020-11-30T10:44:17+07:00October 19th, 2020|updates|0 Comments

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