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BANGKOK 13 December 2018 19:47
ukrules

DTAC September 15th

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Does anyone know what the deal is with DTAC ?

 

I've been told that I might need to get a new sim card today in order to avoid being disconnected at midnight tonight.

 

This is to do with their 850 MHz license expiring for mobile phone services.

 

I have a Samsung phone, Galaxy S8 which has one of those tiny little nanosim cards which slides into the top of the phone. The sim was issued in January this year so it's a new one.

 

Do I need to change my Sim card or service provider or is this just some marketing fluff that's doing the rounds amongst Thais ?

 

I was warned about this by someone who saw it on the Thai TV news recently.

 

I have a feeling something's lost in translation here, my phone is capable of connecting on various different frequencies and DTAC operate on more than one based on what I've read.

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Apparently this affects older phones with older sim cards so mine will not be affected by this.

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22 hours ago, ukrules said:

Apparently this affects older phones with older sim cards so mine will not be affected by this.

According to the news today DTAC have just won an extension to December anyhow.

 

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On 9/14/2018 at 2:33 PM, ukrules said:

Do I need to change my Sim card or service provider or is this just some marketing fluff that's doing the rounds amongst Thais ?

You've got until December now due to a (literally) last minute court order. I took mine in a couple of days ago as it was a 12 year old simcard, I was expecting to have to ditch the old Nokia phone I was using it in, but turned out to be triband, so the old phone is working fine with the new 4g simcard. Easy ten minute registration, just had to take my old simcard and ID into a DTAC shop. 

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This is the 2G service on 850 freq (which makes many of the older Nokia type phones unusable once gone - have turned mine into a bedside clock).  Works well in that mode and only requires a charge every week or two.  

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On 9/14/2018 at 2:33 PM, ukrules said:

I have a Samsung phone, Galaxy S8 which has one of those tiny little nanosim cards which slides into the top of the phone. The sim was issued in January this year so it's a new one.

Sorry, missed this detail - you've already got a 4g simcard so no you won't need to do anything. 

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