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I am a tourist in Thailand and am a little confused about the packaging of SIM cards I see in stores like 7/11.

They seem to have days marked on them, eg: 5g, 15 days, 150thb.

Does this mean that I have 15 days to use the SIM card before it expires?

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Does this mean that I have 15 days to use the SIM card before it expires?

It means the SIM card will expire 15 days after it is activated.

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(FYI: Are all prepaid SIM cards referred to as Tourist SIM cards in Thailand? Or are there some prepaid SIM cards “for locals”?)

Once it expires, one can buy some x-day (1 ≤ x ≤ 30) additional package using the same SIM card, e.g. via https://topping.truemoveh.com/ for TrueMoveH SIM Cards. Typically one "tops up" (= adds) the money by going to a 7-eleven (they'll ask for the SIM card phone number + cash: no credit card accepted for tops-up, I don't know why), then go on https://topping.truemoveh.com (mirror) to select which package to purchase (in this example, 1k THB were topped-up at a 7-eleven):

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Or one can buy top-ups in some stores:

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  • Hmmm. Isnt it normally 30 days?
    – Jon Grah
    Nov 17, 2019 at 3:36
  • @JonGrah depends on the SIM card Nov 17, 2019 at 3:37
  • Do they let you use it without registering your id card/passport? Most shops now require it. But not sure if you can just pop it in and get any use before mandatory registration.
    – Jon Grah
    Nov 17, 2019 at 3:39
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    I went in and got a SIM card today. Just to clarify the ones in the photo are for top-ups, though the SIM cards themselves are similar with an expiry. You will need a passport to get them.
    – MeltingDog
    Nov 17, 2019 at 13:41
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    @FranckDernoncourt I didn't. I took one to a 7/11 counter and they told me. They had the real SIMs behind the counter.
    – MeltingDog
    Nov 18, 2019 at 1:26

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