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There are Five telecom companies that provide mobile connectivity in Indonesia: Telkomsel, XL Axiata, Indosat Ooredoo, Tri, and Internux. When visiting major cities, all of them are mostly usable. Telkomsel is the biggest mobile provider in Indonesia, followed by XL Axiata and Indosat Ooredoo. The price of SIM Card is mostly the same everywhere, but local store tends to sell unique numbers at higher price (but you can bargain with the seller).

Where to Get The Sim Card?

Although there are local stores that also sell pre-paid SIM Card, it is suggested to purchase the SIM Card from the following:

  • Soekarno Hatta Airport
    Telkomsel SIM Card is available in GraPARI (offical store). The location is on Terminal 3 Arrival, Ground Floor / near 5th Exit.
  • Minimarkets
    Most minimarkets sell pre-paid SIM Card, e.g.: Indomaret, Alfamart, Family Mart

Which Sim Card to Choose?

The credit injected to a pre-paid SIM card is like a deposit payment. Mobile provider will deduct the amount based on the usage. For internet, it is suggested to purchase internet package, otherwise it will drain your credit like vacuum cleaner.

Some pre-paid card options are:

Telco Product Price Feature
Telkomsel Simpati

IDR 50,000
(~USD 4)

Choose suitable package through app
Telkomsel As

IDR 5,000
(~USD 0.4)

Choose suitable package through app
Indosat Yellow IDR 5,000
(~USD 0.4)
Top Up IDR 100,000
+activate Freedom Plus (*123#):
get internet 6 GB (for IDR 60K)
XL Axiata Perdana XL IDR 5,000
(~ USD 0.4)
Top Up IDR 100,000, then
Choose suitable package through app
Tri Cintaku IDR 120,000
(~USD 10)
Internet 10 GB
Internux Bolt

IDR 60,000
(~USD 5)

No Call
Internet unlimited 15 days

Which App to Download

Do tourists have to register as well?

Yes, the Indonesian government obligad that every SIM Card must be registered. It was regulated through Ministry of Communication & Informatics no. 10/2010.

How to Register?

For tourist, the registration can only be done in the official store of the telco company by bringing passport / KITAS / KITAP.

Hope this helps.

Written by: adhi