Prepaid SIM Cards in Macau

Monday, January 26, 2015


There are two mobile telephony operators in Macau whose prepaid SIM cards can be purchased by tourists - "3 Macau" (Hutchison) and "CTM BEST". It is hard to spot company shops selling these SIM cards but other retailers and road-side SIM card vendors sell them in the markets located in the lanes around all the major casinos in Macau city. Some are exclusive mobile shops while some others combine mobile phone business with their money exchange / money lending / pawn business, etc. There are very few signboards in English so one needs to recognize these shops from the merchandise on sale. Vendors usually do not ask for any document for selling prepaid SIM cards and these SIM cards get activated automatically when the first local or IDD call is made. Prices of prepaid SIM cards start at 50 HKD/MOP which includes 50 HKD/MOP or more pre-loaded talk time. That means you get 100% or more talk time on the new prepaid SIM cards. Subsequent recharge transactions also bring some bonus talk time according to the offers current at the time. In this page I will give details of the prepaid SIM cards on offer from 3 Macau and CTM, local & IDD call rates, data packs, balance/validity checking numbers/codes, and recharge options, etc. It will save some money for you if you pay for your SIM card in MOP rather than HKD because of the HKD-MOP exchange rate difference. You may also like to carry printouts of the card package images given in this page to avoid communication problem with the vendor. Keep reading...

3 Macau 3G IDD and International Roaming Prepaid SIM (50/100 HKD/MOP)

3 Macau Prepaid SIM Card
A 50/100 HKD/MOP prepaid SIM from "3 Macau" as shown in the above picture is valid for 180 days after activation. Local voice calls on this SIM cost 0.40 HKD/MOP per minute. Local / international SMS cost is 0.25 / 1.00 HKD/MOP. To make a local call, just dial the number without any prefix. IDD (ISD) call rates on 3 Macau prepaid SIM are of two types: Premium IDD "00" Service and Budget IDD "060" Service.

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

Balance Recharge

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 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

Recharge Balance

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:
https://www.ctm.net/cportal/base/public/mobiweb/PrepaidLeftNav.iface?pathEn=/prepaid/menu/en/jsp/bestprepaidcard.jsp

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.





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