Visiting Malaysia for the first time? If so, then I guess you must be looking for a guide to get Malaysia Sim Card. Well, it’s not so difficult to get a domestic sim card in Malaysia for tourists. In this post, I have includes some great options to get a sim card in Malaysia along with a few not so good options. So, hang on with this blog to know exactly what you need to do to get the perfect prepaid Malaysia tourist sim card. So, let’s get started!
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Where to get a Malaysia tourist sim card?
Getting a sim card in Malaysia is not at all a difficult task nor a complicated one. However, you can also use your home sim card if you have a phone carrier that supports international services. My home phone provider Verizon(USA) charges $10 a day. That would definitely be an expensive option. if traveling for awhile. You can get a local card if your phone is unlocked for much cheaper. Hence, buying a sim card is the best option. As far as the type of sim is concerned, I would personally recommend you to buy a prepaid one its a very good value for your money.
Talking about where to get a sim card in Malaysia, you can buy it from the Kuala Lumpur airport or any airport in Malaysia as soon as you land. You can also order one for pick up on arrival which makes the entire process even easier if you are planning ahead. Along with that, many of the major shopping malls like Sunshine Farlim Shopping Mall in Penang also offer shops to purchase a prepaid sim card.
If you are particular about the services and offers you get, I would recommend you to purchase it directly from the company. The company guy will have the answer to all your queries.
Sim options in Malaysia for tourists
With best-prepaid plans in Malaysia, there are mainly four popular sim card operators that provide the best services to tourists and at great rates. However, you can expect different prices for the same data plans in Malaysia from these operators.
Being the largest service provider in Malaysia, Celcom is one of the best service providers in the country. Offering a good 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE services, the prepaid sim of Celcom is called ‘Xpax’. The sim can be bought for free, however, you have to pay for the plan before using it. You can check out the current prepaid plans of Celcom for tourists here.
Maxis is another popular service provider in Malaysia that also offers 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE services. You can buy a sim card from supermarkets, corner stores or retailers. All sim sizes are available in Maxis. You can check the Malaysia sim card list and plan of Maxis.
The third-largest carrier company in Malaysia, DiGi is one of the most preferred choices of prepaid sim card in Malaysia amongst tourists. The company offers 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE services to tourists. There are different prepaid plans of DiGi to choose from.
U Mobile Malaysia
U Mobile is another preferred service operator amongst tourists. The sim cards are available in 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE. You can choose the best prepaid U Mobile pack out of all.
Purchase it before leaving home
The first and ideal choice of getting a sim card is online, i.e., before leaving home. This option gives you the advantage of easy to pick-up on arrival. This is the easiest and the best option for saving a few bucks, it’s for those who want to make sure to get a card as soon as he/she arrives. This option is best for those who want data more than a sim card to make calls.
There are instructions for each of the airports in Malaysia to pick up the sim card. You can check the instructions here:
Sim card on arrival
If don’t want to prepare for your trip and buy a sim card before leaving home, then you can prefer this option. It is also quite easy to get a sim card as you reach there. On our first trip to Malaysia, we went with Digi. We were told they had one of the larger networks here, they offered some great plans and at amazing prices.
The carrier company has plenty of packages to choose from that might confuse you. Hence, you need to make sure and double-check which plan will be apt for you.
Take a pocket wifi
For those who are looking for an easy and hassle-free way to get a sim card in Malaysia, then 4G WIfi is the best option. You can connect up to 5 devices with this tiny device. If you are worrying that the entire data will get exhausted, then there is no need to as they provide unlimited data. The device is portable and easy to carry. In some places like the Philippines, we had issues with our Pocket wifi due to them running off cell phone towers and not having a signal. We found that when we traveled to Malaysia we didn’t have any issues at all and had a connection all the time.
I hope this guide helps you find the best Malaysia tourist data sim card. Do let us know if you have any questions or queries related to it.
In addition, you can check out our recommended travel essentials that we also use on our every trip.
Hope this is helpful and you have a great trip!