Communications and the Internet in Indonesia
To communicate with loved ones back home while in Indonesia it is best to use cell phones, but not the home operator. You can buy a local SIM card or use the special travel SIM cards. To use for calls home to landlines in hotels is very expensive. And now more about each type of communication:
Mobile telephony in Indonesia
Mobile voice communication in Indonesia is not worse than in other countries. Coverage covers all popular tourist resorts and major cities, there is no signal only on small Islands or in remote areas of Papua province.
The country has three main operators, and if you buy a SIM card, it is best to buy one of them:
- Axiatra XL (Excelcomindo)
Calls to the Russian Federation to implement a code 01017+number in Russia without 8, ie for example, if you need to call a number in FR 8999**1212 you need to dial 01017 999**1212. In this case, minute of conversation will cost 10 rubles, SMS – 2 rubles.
Local calls will cost 3-6 rubles, tariffication is per second. The first minute is more expensive after the first minute is much cheaper, i.e. the longer a conversation lasts, the cheaper the rate. Rates will be in effect throughout the country, roaming the regions no. Evening and night call cost a little lower.
For calls from Russia and other countries on local cell phone numbers you need to replace the first 0 in the number is +62 (country code of Indonesia).
Internet in Indonesia
Unlike most of South-East Asia, where every hotel Wi-Fi is the norm in Indonesia is worse. Wireless Internet is not in all hotels, even in popular tourist spots. If you absolutely need Internet access for work, it is best when looking for the hotel to consider this feature. If network access is needed only to maintain a connection that will be enough to buy a SIM card with mobile Internet, and does not bind to the search of hotels with Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi can "catch" in cafes and restaurants, large shopping centers, in Internet cafes for a fee.
Mobile Internet is developed worse, than in Russia. 3G network, though in fact the rate even lower. 4G is just starting to develop. When buying a SIM card for Internet use do not try to buy cards with supposedly high speed access, in fact it will still be small. But the good thing is that though slowly but surely: the network operates without failures, the signal is good.
To connect to the network it is better to buy SIM card of one of the major operators:
- Axiatra XL (Excelcomindo)
It is better to use packages. Provides many options of different duration and scope. One of the most popular with tourists – SimPATI from Telkomsel. Tariffs on packages for example SimPATI:
- 5GB in 3 days – 28000 rupees (120 rubles)
- 5GB for 7 days – 36000 rupees (150 rubles)
- 10GB for 7 days – 45000 rupees (190 rubles)
- 6GB for 30 days – 60,000 rupees (250 rubles)
- 9ГБ for 30 days – 90000 rupees (380 rubles)
- 16GB for 30 days – 140000 rupees (600 rubles)
Please note that on some tariffs the traffic volume is divided into day and night. So for example 2 GB you can use only 3GB and only at night. This is all stated in the descriptions of tariffs, more can be found here - https://www.telkomsel.com
In order not to waste a lot of time and study a lot of information about packages that can immediately focus on the SimPATI package, or when buying just specify to sellers the terms (how should the amount and expiration date), and you will be offered options to choose from.
Where to buy SIM card
To purchase a SIM card does not require a passport. You can buy a card in mobile phone stores on the street, in salons, in stores, at the airport. In tourist areas and big cities a lot of them, you will find no problems. If the situation endures, it is better not to hurry and not to buy a map at the airport. Cheapest cards in shopping malls.
It is better when buying ask the seller to activate the card and connect the Internet.
Cards are sold at a price of 20000 rupees (80 rubles), while the score will be a token amount, which is enough for 1-2 call. If more are needed, including the Internet, immediately refill when you purchase the desired amount. If you fill up late fees may apply.
Where to recharge the SIM card
Recharge is possible in any salon that sells cards. Payment is made in cash to the seller. Can also be recharged via electronic money (PayPal, Webmoney, etc.), but for this Commission, and to deal for too long, it is easier to do in the cabin.
Useful codes and mobile
- Code for calling to Russia - 01017 and number in Russia 8
- Dialling code for Indonesia is +62
- 118 – ambulance
- 110 – police
- 113 – fire