It’s said that the biggest fear one has it that of public peaking. For me, my biggest fear is not having cellular service, and not being able to connect while on the go.

So, how does one connect while in Malaysia

Some quick tips to staying connected while on the go:
The country code for Malaysia is 60. To call a Malaysian number: From overseas dial the international access code, the country code for Malaysia, the area code without the “0”, and then the phone number. From outside the local area dial the full area code, followed by the phone number. There are no exceptions to this rule, except when using a mobile phone.

From within the local area just dial the phone number without any code. Mobile phones Malaysia also has four mobile telephone service providers, Maxis , DiGi , Celcom , and U Mobile which utilise codes 012, 013, 014, 016, 017, 018, 019. Network connection in Malaysia is excellent. Mobile number portability has been implemented in Malaysia, meaning a code like 012 that traditionally belonged to Maxis, can now be a DiGi subscriber. Mobile networks utilize the GSM 900 and 1800 systems. 3G (WCDMA), EDGE & HSPDA networks available in larger towns. International roaming onto these networks is possible if your operator allows it.

When buying SIM card in Malaysia, tell the staff to unsubscribe all services – as there are maybe some unwanted services (such as horoscope) came with your phone. To call a Malaysian mobile number: From overseas dial the international access code, the country code for Malaysia, the mobile telephone provider’s code without the “0”, and then the telephone number. From within Malaysia dial the provider’s code with the “0”, and then the telephone number. From mobile phone to mobile phone within Malaysia dial the provider’s code with the “0”, and then the telephone number. Although you can drop the provider’s code if the two phones share the same provider, you will still get through if the provider’s code is dialled. To call from Malaysia to another country: From a landline dial the international access code “00” followed by the country code and the phone number. For example, dialing the United States from Malaysia you would dial 001 followed by the US area code and phone number.

malaysian mobile phone photo

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On the Maxis network, take advantage of 50% IDD rates via IDD132, which doesn’t require any registration, just dial “132” prior to the the “00”. From a mobile phone same as from a landline (above). An alternative, and simpler, approach on many mobile phones is to press & hold the zero button to enter a “+” (plus sign) before the country code and phone number. The “+” represents (in any country) the appropriate international access code. On the Maxis network, take advantage of 50% IDD rates via IDD132, which doesn’t require any registration, just dial “132” prior to the the “00” and note that you do not use the “+” symbol using this method.

If you are staying for a period, it is worth getting a Prepaid SIM card. Besides the big telco: Digi, Maxis, Celcom, there’s MVMO – Mobile Virtual Network Operator that ‘piggy back’ the big telco’s network but offer cheaper rates. eg U Mobile, Tune Mobile, Tron, etc. Most operators operate a tiered system where your cr is available a certain amount of days. eg RM5 lasting 5 days, RM30 lasting 50 days and RM50 lasting 75 days. An exception is the new MVMO, Tron, which offers 365 days validity on all balance. For rates comparisonComparison of Prepaid

Other tips on staying connected while in Malaysia? Please add your comments and tips.