Do you have any recommendations regarding mobile phones? Did you keep your home-country plan or use a local provider?

We used a local provider but had to learn how to use the machines to plus up our prepaid plans. Some people use their drivers. You can also buy pulsa off someone you know and have them transfer it to you. - Sep 2020


Dirt-cheap access. Bring your phone from home (make sure it's GSM unlocked) and get a pre-paid plan. We load small amounts per month, probably $15 USD for 2 GB data and calling. - Feb 2018


Definitely need one. Everything happens by texting. - Jan 2015


Network is good. Calls are reasonably priced. - Jan 2013


This is the country of cell phones and BlackBerries! They are readily available and cheap and the service is pretty good. I use an embassy-issued blackberry. - Jun 2012


They are easy and cheap to get here. For $100 you can get a basic model, local sim card and some minutes that you can reload easily for $10/2 months. - Jan 2012


There are various inexpensive pay-as-you-go options. Get a phone, pop in a SIM card with a local carrier, buy a scratch-off card, and you're set. - Jul 2011


Bring one in with you for each of your kids and have your staff buy the local SIM card and pre-pay. You can pick up a lovely phone in BKK for next to nothing. - Jul 2011


Local cell phone service works well with rechargeable SIM card. Phones are not cheap, but they're not expensive. - Dec 2010


Cell phones generally work well with the local providers. More expensive than UK. - Nov 2010


Telkomsel has the most reliable coverage. Get your thumbs ready for sms-happy Indonesians! - Jul 2010


Get one. Cell phones are cheap and plentiful. A second hand phone from any kiosk in the mall will do if you do not receive one through work. - Mar 2008


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