Extending The Validity Of Your Dtac Sim Card
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Posted 2010-02-10 16:39:21
I have been using the Dtac extend the validity of your SIM card option, for up to 365 days by doing this ...
Dial *1013, listen to the prompt and dial 9 for English
Follow the step by step procedure ( press 1 )
You will get an SMS confirming the new validity of your SIM card.
The cost was ...
2 Baht for 30 days
6 Baht for 90 days
12 Baht for 180 days (up to 365 Days).
Ive just tried this again and it seems not to be working , any one else been using this extend the validity of your SIM card option
and can you get it to work ?
Posted 2010-02-10 17:43:23
Did you get a new sim card/number or using the original one you used this extension with? If you have extended your previous number for 365 days then it's a rolling 365 days. I did mine a few years ago and whenever I top up the expiration changes to 1 year from that topup automatically. Never had to reactivate the extension. If you have an extension already it may not allow it to be increased as it is at max already.
Do you periodically check your expiration to see if moves when you top up.
Posted 2010-02-10 19:29:35
Thanks Guy's , the problem I get is when dialing the *1013, number, now it seems to be about some thing totally different than the extension of the validity of your SIM card , may be ive got it wrong
Posted 2010-02-10 21:11:55
Here is a topic on it > http://www.thaivisa....ml#entry1289678
If that doesn't work then try contacting their main help line.
Posted 2010-02-10 22:26:31
Thanks for that
Posted 2010-02-12 23:30:56
Well, that was easy!
Thanks Torrenova! for the link... The whole web page in English too...
Now, I know I have 53 days left on my year set up, when, someone set that up for me last year...!
Posted 2010-02-13 00:00:39
You can swap credit for validity, set up international roaming and even view the last 2 months of your calls, sms history and any data usage. Loads of useful stuff as well actually. I have been well impressed with it for years now.
Posted 2012-02-28 14:54:26
If your sim card is less than 90 days old you can not do this ..... is there something else I can do to keep the sim active until I return in 90 ish days?
Posted 2012-03-01 14:44:27
Answering my own question ..... I tried again today and it let me extend OK.
The sim has to be active for 90 days plus, or usage more than 100B.
Now valid for 211 days :-)
Posted 2012-03-01 21:05:00
I bought a DTAC 'happy instant sim' when I arrived at the airport back in Sept and then registered the sim on the spot using my passport number...with registration I presumed that the sim will always remain valid even without activity for 2-3 months...am I mistaken?
in the past I had an AIS sim card and when I left Thailand for work the 'balance' function always indicated that the card was good for a year and when I returned a few months later the card had expired...
when I leave again to go back to work for 3 months is there anything further that I have to do to keep my sim valid like dial *1031 or an arrangement with DTAC on the internet?...or is registering the card when I bought it at the airport a guarantee of continued validity?
Posted 2012-03-02 10:19:26
doubt for the new card you will have long validity? Most of the new sim will probably come with one month. As like said previous, you will have to meet certain usage and number of days and then you apply to get the 1yr validity. After that it will be all good
Posted 2012-03-02 10:44:49
The registering of SIM cards started several years ago by law in an effort to track down owners of mobile phones used in remotely-triggered bomb attacks. I don't think it has anything to do with permanency or extended validity.
[edited to remove info already provided above in thread]
Edited by wpcoe, 2012-03-02 10:54:25.
Posted 2012-03-02 11:45:00
You can also dial one of the following codes to extend credit time for 30, 90, or 180 days respectively.
This so-called "Simple SIM" plan gives 90 days with any top-up: http://www.happy.co....emid=64&lang=en
This SIM never expires: http://www.happy.co....emid=37&lang=en but does require usage at least once every 43 days.
Posted 2012-03-02 14:52:25
Thank you for this, you just saved me some money,
Posted 2012-03-03 20:25:33
OK, I just did *113*180# on my happy 'instant SIM' and now when I dial the 'check balance' number I'm told that the balance is good for 342 days...but if I go away for 3 months and the SIM is not in use do I lose it?...if the SIM becomes inactive from lack of use can it be re-activated?
Posted 2012-03-04 06:37:14
^ You should contact DTAC on 1678. Typically the terms and conditions of your current calling plan, promotion or SIM detail any usage requirements, and remain unaffected by the expiration date. Many, but not all, calling plans, promotions and SIMs do have an activity requirement so that you need to originate a call or SMS at least once every 90 days. Some service providers allowed extended grace periods but I suspect numbers are being recycled more quickly to avoid having to buy new blocks? YMMV.
Posted 2012-06-16 12:23:33
Been using DTAC/prepaid since 2007 and so far my simcard was always valid for 12 months since last refill. This has apparently changed and 100 baht topup gives me only 45 days.
There is no way to purchase extended validity online if simcard is not registered. There is no way to register simcard online unless phone is in Thailand to receive access code.
Fortunately found DTAC Customer Service accessible from overseas number and they were able to extend validity for 12 months for 24baht.
"Good to know : Our dtac call center operates 24 hours everyday to assist you in roaming service. Please call us at +662 202 7100"
Posted 2012-10-15 19:48:47
daxbr thanks for your post, I was just able to extend my validity for a month, cost only 2 tb by calling the number you provided.
Edited by malamala, 2012-10-15 19:52:13.
Posted 2012-10-16 06:58:45
I always recommend people enable International Roaming, and enroll in Happy eServices. The latter can be done on-line and is quite easy - among the many, many things you can do is originate SMSes. You could also carry some top-up cards with you and top up remotely, or ask someone in Thailand to send you a top-up code. Assuming you are in a GSM country then you can originate/receive USSD (like *104*9# for free) and SMSes, including OTPs (one time passwords).
I think that people confuse individual top-ups and validity quite often. They tend to top-up before expiration thus adding to their "validity bank", so they might get to the point where they have 330 days validity, and top-up in an amount which might yield 45 days. But since the maximum validity one can have is 365 days it looks like you ended up with one year on that single top-up.
There are also a whole slew of top-up "promotions". For example,
- Every time you top up a Simple SIM (activated since 26 July 2011), the 90 validity days will be added to your account (100 days will be added for 800 Baht top up) within 24 Hours after topping up. Validity days can be accumulated up to a maximum of 365 days.
- Every time you top up a Simple SIM (activated before 26 July 2011) or Muan Suen SIM (activated before 22 February 2011), the validity period will be extended to 365 days within 24 Hours after topping up. Validity days can be accumulated up to a maximum of 365 days.
Posted 2012-10-23 01:37:34
I want to increase the validity of my happy sim but it says the sim has to be used for more than 9 days or 100 baht of usuage. Is there anything else I could do to increase my validity?? Please help!
Posted 2012-10-23 07:33:57
Add another top-up to cover the 9 day, or
Use 100 baht, or
Change to the Kong Kra Pun promotion, or
Ring 1678 and ask for guidance.
Are you able to describe your situation? Did you just get the SIM? Which one? Which promotion? Are you in Thailand for a while?
Posted 2013-02-24 14:53:26
does it work to extend ? And what is the validity for a new Dtac card ?
How long can you be called without recharging and before they stop the number ?