Best 3G/4G Provider In Thailand? Dtac? Ais? Other?
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Posted 2012-04-30 11:21:00
I've been using DTAC with my iPhone 4 and have been pretty happy with the 3G speed and coverage in and around Bangkok and have noticed that their 3G network is growing quickly though lately the connection speeds have been rather unstable.
My gf uses AIS for her iPhone and while initially AIS lagged far behind DTAC in terms of coverage and speed it seems they are catching up and the connection generally seems more stable than DTAC lately.
Now I'm looking to buy a new iPad and need to decide which company to use for 4G data coverage in Thailand.
Would be grateful for any recommendations / reviews.
Posted 2012-04-30 12:02:36
True Corp has the largest network for 3G. I use it and am happy with the performance,.
Posted 2012-04-30 12:04:55
There is no 4G in Thailand (except for tests)! 3G hasn't been fully implemented!
Posted 2012-04-30 12:19:18
oops...failed reading test.
your right, any 4G claims i.e. AIS are for market positioning. They know they are behind the ball, and trying to make it look like they are the leader.
Posted 2012-04-30 13:03:11
There is not even real 3G in Thailand. What AIS, True, DTac are offering is a 2G technology. The speed is in below 1Mbps.
The real 3G is still waiting to be auctioned away, but NTBC take for ever to even set the auction rules.
Don't expect real 3G anytime soon, certainly not this year. Maybe the auction will be end of this year, but then again, maybe one of the player will file another lawsuit and torpedo the whole thing again.
The ICT Minister will most likely be replaced soon, after his blunder with the tablets. So more delays...
Posted 2012-04-30 13:12:39
Thanks for the replies gents.
Yes, I'm aware that Thailand still doesn't have 4G, but one can always hope (and plan ahead to choose the carrier that will offer it first)
I seem to recall that DTAC was first to offer 3G but does anyone care to guess if/when someone might offer 4G in Thailand?
Re- TRUE: I'm using TRUE for my cable TV and cable internet and can't say that I've been terribly happy with their customer service. It takes FOREVER to reach customer service and once you do it usually takes them 1-2 days to send a tech.
That said, I'm not averse to giving them a try for 3G. Good lord what a terribly designed website they have!
Anyone understand what the difference is between "TrueMove H | 3G+" and "TrueMove" as shown below?
It seems their unlimited plan pricing is only a little more expensive what I'm paying for my DTAC service now-
Posted 2012-04-30 13:21:07
What a load of dollup.................. who let this guy out of the nut house?
BigBike, you cant get TrueMove3G anymore as a new subscriber, only TrueMove H. (the new CAT-True deal). At the end of the day you would not want the old one anyway, as the coverage is tons smaller now, and the technology i believe was UMTS, not HSPA+ ( Dominique seems to think HSPA+ is 2g ).
here is the download just now... upload sucked on this one
Edited by skippybangkok, 2012-04-30 13:31:07.
Posted 2012-04-30 13:23:08
For the OP, there will likely not be any consensus re: the best 3G provider as there are so many variables, not the least of which is location. I would experiment with some SIMs, they can usually be found for 49 - 99 baht, and daily plans which are ~ 49 baht. Once you find a service provider you are satisifed with you can enter into a longer term arrangement, Very generally speaking, and based on purely anecdotal information, TrueMove H(/CAT My) have the most national coverage, and the fewest customers, and the best performance in all but the most dense areas of Bangkok, DTAC/Happy have decent coverage in metro-Bangkok and many other metropolitan areas, along with decent performance. AIS/One-2-Call have the second most national coverage but their performance is severely lacking owing perhaps to to crappy equipment (a hodge-podge of free trial stuff they've pried from eager/greedy vendors) and poor frequency allocation.
Too complex to address but suffice to say that you should be looking at TrueMove H rather than TrueMove.
Not sure what dominique355 is prattling on about as we've had 3G here since what, 2009? I've used TOT, TrueMove, TrueMove H, AIS/One-2-Call and DTAC/Happy 3G; all are 'real' 3G offering multi-megabit service.
I am currently using DTAC/Happy 3G, here is a recent result: (note my HW is limited to 7.2 Mbps)
Edited by lomatopo, 2012-04-30 13:28:08.
Posted 2012-04-30 13:24:16
True 3H is the Cat / true deal.. it probably has the largest coverage in thailand for 3g at the moment.. it is on the 850mhz 3g spectrum.
There are many different packages to choose from.... but it is still True.. so expect to be disappointed from time to time.
Posted 2012-04-30 13:44:40
Listen to this guy.
As far as I'm aware, TrueMove H is what is loosely described as 3.5G. Where their 3G network had a theoretical network maximum of 21Mbps, their H network's theoretical network maximum is 42Mbps.
In the real world, this does not mean your data is twice as fast as 3G, but it is significantly faster, even with lower signals.
I've been using it since December, and the only place I've had service issues is on the road between Surat Thani and Krabi.
My speeds are consistently above 5Mbps.
Posted 2012-04-30 13:55:33
TrueMove is no longer marketing 3G, so not an option for the OP.
When people ask what the difference is between TrueMove and TrueMove H I have this slide (from a True Corp. presentation no less) handy:
Posted 2012-04-30 14:18:43
Bwahaha! I opened the slide and my head exploded!
Seriously though, thanks for all the helpful replies- it sounds like TRUEMoveH 3G+ is probably the way to go.
Posted 2012-04-30 16:51:18
Sorry on this one.......
If you can access Speedtest.net data, you will see TrueMoveH tests are 3x more than DTAC, and 5x more than AIS.
Edited by skippybangkok, 2012-04-30 16:52:31.
Posted 2012-05-01 10:50:40
Regarding the two maps above, I think the map on the left shows True's 2G (EDGE/GPRS) and 3G service in the 77 provinces (counting Bankgok) of Thailand; the map on the right shows removes the 2G coverage and then shows the 3G coverage only which is limited to a few cities/areas of Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, HuaHin, and Pattaya. On a nation-wide basis, 3G coverage is still pretty minimual for all service providers, but the way they advertise it a person could think you can get coverage in any village in Thailand.
Posted 2012-05-01 12:14:39
Left one is 3G+ on TrueMove H, the right one is 3G on the trial network (under TrueMove)...... they are kinda telling you clearly "its time to move to H".
See here for 3G+ coverage..... http://www3.truecorp...eh/icoveragemap
I have traveled quite a bit lately, been ko lanta, phi phi, phuket, past ayudhaya , Chataburi, hua hin etc..... can comfirm there is alot of 3G (down side wife was on the iPad too much whilst driving )
as you can see, alot already.
Edited by skippybangkok, 2012-05-01 12:17:53.
Posted 2012-05-01 13:09:36
I've driven from Samui to Ko Lanta, Samui to Bangkok, and Chaing Mai to Bangkok via Sukhothai, and my (full 3G H) coverage pretty much matched the left map.
Posted 2012-05-01 13:25:03
Obviously, I stand corrected. Anyone know what 3G H speed they are actually getting when outside a major city like Bangkok? Thanks.
Posted 2012-05-01 15:05:47
By the nature of 3G, you should get a higher speed upcountry than in Bangkok, in congested area's as its a shared service (less people = more for you assuming a same sized dimensioning of the network).
The main issue in Bangkok, the regulators have given the bare min of frequency ("spectrum"), as such, operators have to really manage their networks to the hilt to ensure decent through put.
Posted 2012-05-01 17:19:29
I had 3G reception from True on my iPhone 3GS in Vientiane back in the middle of February. I can only guess I was picking it up from Nong Khai. Either way, it worked fine there. As far as the new 3G H I got a move or else message a few days ago (Google translation):
True HD transfer, I invite you to use True True HD 3G because of the 3G services will be Shih True pretty soon. To continue to use 3G. Faster than ever and is available nationwide. The project's original appearance. With free bonus 100 minutes / month for 3 months to confirm the transfer of only one type and send SMS to 90022 (free) before 03/05/12 For more information or check out the pro's True HD www.trueiservice. .com / mnpfortruemove.
This the translation of the message I got on Friday (Google translation):
True HD to transfer you to use 3G service to continue to use 3G. Before migrate one day you will receive an SMS alert to get the power transfer. When you are finished. The signal on the screen may be missing. Or does not work as expected. Please restart the machine to start using True HD. Check the status of the transfer. www.trueiservice.com / mnpfortruemove.
You can go to their website and check (if you have their service now) your phone number and they will give you the details, 42 Mbps, price plan etc. They matched my previous iPhone 3G plan to the baht. I'll let you know when they finish the switch over how good (or bad) it is. Right now the net seems a little wonky here in Chiang Mai, I just ran a speed test and came up with download speeds of 4.34 - 4.96 Mbps
Posted 2012-05-01 17:33:46
anyone staying on the old TrueMove trial network is a masochist IMHO
I migrated ipad in december, and after my holiday in Phuket, where the ipad had 3G ( even when sailing between phi phi and phuket) , and iphone 2G, i moved my iphone to TrueMove H too.
Edited by skippybangkok, 2012-05-01 17:34:16.
Posted 2012-05-01 19:18:51
Here are some tests from my travels earlier this year:
Test against: Bangkok; Location: Lamai, Ko Samui
Download Speed: 6545 kbps (818.1 KB/sec; 6.39Mbps)
Upload Speed: 2918 kbps (364.8 KB/sec; 2.85Mbps)
Latency: 174 ms
01 January 2012 18:19
Test against: Bangkok; Location: Sairee Beach, Ko Tao
Download Speed: 5923 kbps (740.4 KB/sec; 5.78Mbps)
Upload Speed: 2244 kbps (280.5 KB/sec; 2.19Mbps)
Latency: 102 ms
15 January 2012 18:30
Test against: Bangkok; Location: Lumphini, Bangkok
Download Speed: 4438 kbps (554.8 KB/sec; 4.33Mbps)
Upload Speed: 220 kbps (27.5 KB/sec; 0.21Mbps)
Latency: 264 ms
18 January 2012 10:05
Test against: Bangkok; Location: Sala Dan, Ko Lanta
Download Speed: 4234 kbps (529.2 KB/sec; 4.13Mbps)
Upload Speed: 3671 kbps (458.9 KB/sec; 3.58Mbps)
Latency: 143 ms
10 February 2012 10:28
Test against: Bangkok; Location: Old City, Chiang Mai
Download Speed: 7062 kbps (882.8 KB/sec; 6.90Mbps)
Upload Speed: 2240 kbps (280.0 KB/sec; 2.19Mbps)
Latency: 182 ms
19 February 2012 13:44
Test against: Bangkok; Location: Sukhothai Historical Park, Sukhothai
Download Speed: 3459 kbps (432.4 KB/sec; 3.38Mbps)
Upload Speed: 118 kbps (14.8 KB/sec; 0.12Mbps)
Latency: 199 ms
01 March 2012 13:37
Test against: Phnom Penh; Location: Lamai, Ko Samui
Download Speed: 6555 kbps (819.4 KB/sec; 6.40Mbps)
Upload Speed: 2496 kbps (280.5 KB/sec; 2.44Mbps)
Latency: 178 ms
26 April, 2012 15:09:58
Edited by jamesbrock, 2012-05-01 19:36:05.
Posted 2012-05-01 19:43:30
Thanks...awesome info...obviously you've been keeping a detailed watch on your True 3G service.
Posted 2012-05-01 19:49:56
Nah, just a nerd wanting to make sure I'm getting good service. It doesn't take much to whip out the phone and do a speed test!
Needless to say I'm pretty happy with TrueMove H so far.
Posted 2012-05-01 20:11:33
I kinda do the same thing in watching TrueOnline with my 20Mb/2Mb DOCSIS/cable internet plan...I do a quick speedtest almost daily to enure the download/upload speed is working properly. Only one time in 10 months of having the service that I noticed the 2Mb upload speed was only pushing about 1.3Mb...called True...within a day or so and after they swapped-out the cable modem the upload speed was back 2Mb. Never had a problem with the 20Mb download speed. This TrueOnline cable internet plan has been like 99.99% reliable, rain, shine, or flood...even when I had 0.5 to 1.5 meter flood waters in my moobaan for around a month late last year the True cable internet and cable TV services never went down.
Posted 2012-05-01 20:16:08
That's good to hear too, thanks! I'll be relocating to CM in a few weeks, and will be looking for an internet plan... Not quite necessary to start researching yet, but good to know nonetheless.