3 Macau 3G IDD and International Roaming Prepaid SIM (50/100 HKD/MOP)
|3 Macau Prepaid SIM Card|
3 Macau "IDD 00" Service
To make an IDD (ISD) call using the "IDD 00" service, dial 00 + Country Code + Area Code + Telephone Number. "IDD 00" rates are more expensive and vary according to the time of the day which is divided into "Peak Hours" and "Off-Peak Hours". Any time on Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays is considered as "Off-Peak" time. Off-Peak time rates are applicable for calling a select list of 36 countries only. "IDD 00" calls to all other countries attracts a standard rate of 9.90 HKD/MOP per minute. See the complete list of 3 Macau IDD "00" Service Call Rates Here
3 Macau "IDD 060" Service
To make an IDD (ISD) call using the "IDD 060" service, dial 060 + Country Code + Area Code + Telephone Number. "IDD 060" service is available Monday to Friday from 8.00pm to 8.00am (Macau time), and any time on Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays. "IDD 060" service is available for calling a select list of 58 countries only. See the complete list of 3 Macau IDD "060" Service Call Rates Here.
3 Macau Prepaid Data Packs
Data service in Macau is expensive and therefore, data packs start at 18 HKD/MOP for just 100 MB. Fortunately, all 3 Macau data packs are valid for 30 days. After expiry of the validity or after the data pack is used, the data usage rate is 0.01 HKD/MOP per KB. These are the available data packs, all valid for 30 days from activation:
HKD/MOP 18 / 100MB Subscribe **168*1#, Unsubscribe ##168*1#
HKD/MOP 48 / 500MB Subscribe **168*2#, Unsubscribe ##168*2#
HKD/MOP 98 / 1GB Subscribe **168*3#, Unsubscribe ##168*3#
HKD/MOP 188 / 2GB Subscribe **168*4#, Unsubscribe ##168*4#
HKD/MOP 298 / 5GB Subscribe **168*5#, Unsubscribe ##168*5#
Restart the phone after successful subscription. Set APN to: mobile.three.com.mo
Check Data Credit Balance on 3 Macau: **105#
(These subscribe/unsubscribe codes were correct at the time of writing this article. For current codes, click here: http://www.three.com.mo/eng/pages/data-package-user-guide
Full talk time balance recharge vouchers are available in 50, 100, 200, and 500 HKD/MOP. Some bonus talk time and validity extension is allowed with each recharge. To recharge your credit balance from a recharge card, you need to dial ##122# + 16 digit password on the card + #
CTM 'BEST' Tourist SIM
|CTM BEST Tourist Prepaid SIM Card for Macau|
In December 2016, two variants of this Tourist SIM card - sold by CTM under 'BEST' brand, were available for 100 MOP/HKD and 200 MOP/HKD with data validity for 3 and 7 days respectively. The concept was similar to Tourist SIM cards available in other countries - unlimited* 4G / 3G internet for the specified period of three or seven days, and some free voice airtime. The following benefits were available with these Tourist SIM cards:
(* unlimited internet works up to 1GB (100 MOP) / 2GB (200 MOP) only at maximum speed. Thereafter the speed will get reduced but not below 256 kbps)
Tourist SIM Service Details
3 days SIM
Price: 100 MOP / HKD
- 3 days “Online Everywhere in Macau” Plan*
(Free Local 4G+ Mobile Broadband + CTM Wi-Fi)
- $22 (MOP) usage value for local and IDD calls
7 days SIM
- 7 days “Online Everywhere in Macau” Plan*
(Free Local 4G+ Mobile Broadband + CTM Wi-Fi)
- $12 MOP usage value for local and IDD calls
Online reload via “Credit Card Reload” at www.ctm.net available for both variants.
Advantages of the Tourist SIM
- Support IDD & Roaming Service features plus waive deposit.
- Instant activation simply by making calls or sending SMS.
- Free Caller’s Line Identification Service
- Free Missed Call Alert Service (To register, simply dial #169*1# or 6601 1033).
- 180 days of usage.
- When all the Local Data entitlement has been consumed, Data Service will be barred automatically
Residual Balance Enquiry
Dial *122# to check the expiry date, residual balance and bonus items.
Reload via Online Credit Card Reload Service, e – Topup, BEST Reload Voucher, Shared Reload Service, “Instant Deposit” / “BOC Express” of Bank of China and “e-Banking Services” of Bank of China etc. Reload Service.
Voice Call (minute)
Local Video Call (minute)
Local Wi-Fi Usage (minute)
Send SMS from Macau to Local Phone No. (Each SMS)
Send SMS from Macau to Overseas Phone No. (Each SMS)
Send MMS from Macau to Local Phone No. (Each MMS)
Send MMS from Macau to Overseas Phone No. (Each MMS)
Terms and conditions
- The “Online Everywhere in Macau” plan will expire after 3 days / 7 days, and will not extend automatically. For service extension, one can re-apply for the plan, the charge is deducted instantly and it is limited to apply only once during the same period.
- If customer exceeds the usage of 1GB (3 days) / 2GB (7 days), the download speed will automatically adjust to not lower than 256 kbps.
- This service is only applicable in Macau.
Regular CTM BEST Prepaid SIM
CTM BEST prepaid SIM cards come in two variants: IDD/Roaming variant (with international roaming) and BEST Regional (with special local rates and special SMS and IDD call rates to regional countries: Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Nepal, 24 hours a day).
CTM BEST Regional Prepaid Card
|CTM Macau BEST Prepaid SIM Card|
CTM Regional Prepaid card costs 50 HKD/MOP and has full talk time and a validity of 60 days upon activation. Local call charges on this card are 0.40 HKD/MOP Monday to Friday and 0.20 HKD Saturday and Sunday. Local SMS costs 0.25 HKD/MOP, SMS to Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, & Nepal costs 0.65 HKD/MOP and SMS to other countries 1.00 HKD/MOP.
To make local call, just dial the number without any prefix.
CTM BEST Regional Prepaid Card IDD Rates
Special IDD rates for calling five countries below are available 24 hours a day with both 00 or 050 services:
Philippines: 2.18 HKD/MOP Per Minute
Thailand / Indonesia: 1.88 HKD/MOP Per Minute
Vietnam / Nepal: 3.88 HKD/MOP Per Minute
To make an IDD call:
For 5 special rate countries 00 or 050 + Country Code + Area Code + Phone Number.
For Other Countries (Full rate, 24 Hours)
00 + Country Code + Area Code + Phone Number
For Other Countries (Special Rate) 6.00pm to 9.00am Monday to Friday, and 24 hours on Saturday, Sunday)
050 + Country Code + Area Code + Phone Number
To know the special IDD (050) rate for calling a particular country, please visit: https://www.ctm.net/mobiweb/international/en/IDDCall/0050/IDDCall0050_Detail.html
CTM BEST IDD/Roaming Prepaid Card
|CTM BEST IDD/Roaming Prepaid SIM Card|
CTM BEST IDD/Roaming Prepaid cards cost 50, 100 or 130 HKD/MOP, come with full talk time and 180 days validity upon activation. Local call charges are 0.40 HKD/MOP per minute and local SMS costs 0.25 HKD per minute. International SMS cost is 1.00 HKD/MOP per SMS. Special 050 IDD call rates are available during designated hours and days.
Special IDD (050) Service Hours
6.00pm to 9.00am Monday to Friday, and 24 hours on Saturday, Sunday
To know the Full (00) or special IDD (050) rate for calling a particular country, please visit: https://www.ctm.net/mobiweb/international/en/IDDCall/0050/IDDCall0050_Detail.html
CTM BEST Prepaid Data Packs
CTM BEST Prepaid Data packs start at 50 HKD/MOP and are all valid for 30 days from activation: Subsequent data usage after validity or after using full data balance is charged at 0.02 HKD/MOP per KB. These are the data packs:
HKD/MOP 50 / 50MB Subscribe #160*1#, Unsubscribe #160*9#
HKD/MOP 150 / 300MB Subscribe #160*2#, Unsubscribe #160*9#
HKD/MOP 300 / 800MB Subscribe #160*3#, Unsubscribe #160*9#
HKD/MOP 500 / Unlimited Data Subscribe #160*4#, Unsubscribe #160*9#
Set APN to: ctm-mobile, To check data balance: Dial #160#
These codes/APN were correct at the time of writing this article. For current codes, please visit: https://www.ctm.net/prepaid/prepaidbest/en/iddroamingDetail.html
CTM BEST recharge vouchers are available in 50, 100, 200, and 500 HKD/MOP variants. To recharge, dial *122* + Voucher Number + #
Online recharge of CTM BEST Prepaid Card is available. Information on recharge methods and other topics in this link:
Smartone Prepaid SIM
In December 2016, I bought a 'Smartone' prepaid SIM card at Senado Square from a small shop next to the Bossini showroom for just 50 MOP and it had a full 50 MOP worth of talk time. Local calls and text messages were charged at 0.25 MOP per minute / per message. It served me well during my short trip because I was getting free Wi-Fi internet in my hotel. I will update more details on Smartone prepaid products soon in this page.
When going to buy a prepaid SIM, please carry printouts of the card images above because you may have some communication problem at the vendor's shop. In case the vendor asks, let them take a copy of your passport, though so far no one has asked me for it.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|