This facility may not be something new but has recently has become a lot better, actually so much so that it cannot get any better. This is relevant when you have a Thai prepaid SIM, have left Thailand without using up all the balance on the card, and would like to top up the card to extend its validity so that the card will still work during your next visit to Thailand. It is also relevant when your SIM number is tied up to a Thai international calling card like Bolo or VIP. If your SIM gets de-activated, you will not be able to use the calling card too thus losing the remaining balance on that. I have had all such problems and never had a perfect solution. Yes there were a few options before, like directly doing a top-up through the website of the mobile phone company (DTAC, AIS, TRUE) or using the “helpful” eBay operators based in Thailand to do a recharge for you. Both those options sucked. The first one, doing a top up on the company website never worked for me because both my Indian banks – Citi and ICICI refused to approve any credit/debit card transaction when the beneficiary was a Thai business. The eBay option was not attractive because it cost twice the money and had a 50% reliability. I am happy to report that those are things of the past.
Also read: Tourist SIM Cards in Thailand
Meet MobileTopUp.com – https://mobiletopup.com/?l=en
(Read about the https security on this website and my disclaimer later in the page).
This Thai business has taken all the trouble out of doing a top up (recharge) of a Thai prepaid SIM from anywhere in the world. See the advantages:
– Recharge Options
Top ups are available in the denominations of THB 50, 100, 200, 300, 500, and 800.
– You almost get what you pay
In the beginning, there was no service charge on MobileTopUp.com but now they do take service charges (processing fee) which vary according to the payment method you choose.
- For credit card payments, the service charge is 5%.
- For PayPal payments, the service charge is 4.4% + 12THB
- For AliPay, the service charge is 5%.
They also have an option of paying with Bitcoin, which I know nothing about.
– Online Payments Really Work
I was able to make an online payment from India using my Citi credit card to MobileTopUp.com to recharge my True Move prepaid SIM. I paid 100 THB, got a balance credit of 100 THB and the validity of the number got extended by 30 days, just like I would have got by doing a top up at a 7-Eleven in Thailand.
– All Thai Mobile Operators Supported
MobileTopUp.com supports AIS, DTAC, 12Call, and True Move.
– Many Payment Options
Payment to MobileTopUp.com can be made using your Visa or Master Card (debit or credit), PayPal, or even Bitcoin.
– Can Register on Website
You can register on MobileTopUp.com and have the benefit of saved transaction history and quicker subsequent top ups, and even a regular scheduled top up, say every month.
How To Type SIM number on MobileTopUp.com
+66 is already displayed on MobileTopUp.com. You need to enter your number without a zero. Even if the SIM pack shows your number as 0xxx xxx xxx, you do not need to enter zero here for the top up.
Just a few things to note. Check the validity extension scheme of your mobile operator before doing a recharge. The validity extension will vary across mobile operators and also varies according to the amount of recharge. For example, a 100 THB recharge may get only 30 days validity but a 300 THB recharge may get 90 days. Remember to store your Thai SIM number in a separate place, like on a written note or online before leaving Thailand. Also check the remaining validity of the Thai SIM so that you can do the next top up before the validity expires. You must read my other articles on SIM Cards in Thailand for guidance.
A Word of Caution
MobileTopUp.com has not properly implemented a system of forwarding an http domain to an https domain. So when you want to visit this website, type like this or copy and paste this link in your browser: https://mobiletopup.com/?l=en
Its a multi-lingual website and the language option can be selected from the menu.
Disclaimer: All information in this article is provided on a best effort basis. I have no business or affiliate relationship with this mobile top up website. Any transaction you do with this website – https://mobiletopup.com/?l=en – will be at your own risk and responsibility.