Saturday, November 3, 2007

1-2-Call Instructions

In my previous post I covered how to get up a mobile phone up and running in Thailand using a local cellular provider. Inevitably, at some point you are going to need to "top up" your cell minute balance. A top-up card can easily be purchased at practically any 7-11. These are mostly found in 300 and 500 baht card values.

Once you have purchased the card, scratch off the back of it to revel the "secret code". Next you want to press:

* 120 * "secret code" # and then click send on your mobile phone.

You should receive a text message shortly after informing you of your new balance. If at anytime, you would like to check your remaining balance, simply press:

* 121 # and then click send on your mobile phone.

Again, you will receive a text message with your current balance.

When calling or text messaging someone in the US from your phone, remember that you will need to preface their number with either a + or 001. A + sign can usually be made by pressing and holding the "0" key on your mobile phone until the + sign appears. So a US phone number such as 1 (202) 265-0299 would be dial as +12022650299 or 00112022650299 from your Thai mobile phone.

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