Using an iPhone in Thailand

3G is now widely available in Thailand.

Here are some notes about using an iPhone in a small village about 7 kms away from Khon Kaen in the northeast of the country.

The iPhone-Configuration …
iPhone 4S, 64 GB, 3G-Internet-Connection via provider DTAC, Temperature 86-95 F (30-35 C)

  • Bluetooth OFF
  • iCloud ON
  • Location Services OFF
  • Push-Mail OFF
  • Push-Notifications OFF
  • Brightness 25%
  • Auto-Brightness OFF
  • Manual lock after usage

With this configuration and normal usage of the 3G-Connection (estimated 1h/day) and no calls the remaining battery power was at 40% after 10 hours.

It’s hard to say wether the device has higher battery drain in Thailand than in countries with lower average temperature because there are so many factors affecting it.

As I did not drop my habits using the device in Thailand it seems to me that there is no significant difference.

To be on the safe side I use the ‘Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation mini’ (Mophie 2.500 mAh / iPhone 4S 1450 mAh). Recharging is fast (1%/min) and may be applied 2 times a day if the device is charged to 80%.

The human brake …
Clammy fingers are like brakes when using gestures like drag, flick or pinch.

Wouldn’t this be a good idea for a new accessory available in Apple’s Store …
The Fingertip-Cooler?
How it should work …
Use Wireless-Fingertip-Connection to connect to your finger, go to SETTINGS and adjust the temperature or use the ‘Auto-Temperature’ feature.

The speed …

A suitable offer …

DTAC Internet and Voice package

Converted rate for an unlimited access per month with speed limitation to 64 KBit/s after 1 GB data transfer …
427 Baht = 13.90 $ (10.79 €)
If the limit is reached you will get an SMS. It contains the dial-up *104*50# with which you can activate the ‘3G BOOSTER’ for 150 Baht (4.88 $/3.76 €) with 1 additional GB for 1 month.


How to get a SIM-Card …

Nearly all shopping malls (Tesco Lotus, Big C, MBK, …) offer Prepaid SIM-Cards. An alternative is to buy it directly at the Suvarnabhumi-Airport on arrival. There is a DTAC-Office at Arrival-Floor.
Register on the DTAC-Website for controlling your balance from outside the country.
The validity of prepaid SIM-Cards is limited. Every time you refill your account the validity is extended (150 Baht (4,88 $/3.79€) – 1 month). If you often visit the country and want to keep your number you may extend the validity up to 360 days for just 2 Baht/30 days.
You can do this by E-Mail short before your card expires. As an alternative dial *113*days# with days = 30, 60, …, 360.

Staying in the country you can refill your account at all shopping malls, 7 Eleven and in many small kiosks. After successful refilling you will get an SMS which contains the remaining call-credit and the expiration date.

Here are some useful dial-ups …

*102*9# your mobile number will be displayed
*101*9# view remaining credit balance and validity date
*101*4*9# view remaining internet credit balance and used data transfer volume
*104*50# order 3G Booster, which gives you extra 1 GB data transfer volume with 3G speed for 30 days

Have a nice trip and enjoy the delicious food and fruit.