5 Ways to Keep your Sim Card active while you are in Overseas

Here are the guides to keep your local prepaid Sim Card active while you stay in Foreign Country. One of the common concerns of Foreign Workers is how they can keep their Sim Cards to continue receiving signals when they travel or work overseas for a long time.

In this post, I will share with you the things that you can do so that the Sim Card you bought from your home country will stay alive even though you are staying in Foreign Land.

Keeping your local Telco’s SIM active while you work overseas will ensure that you will be able to stay in touch with your friends and relatives from your home country. It will also allow you to use your e-wallet even while you are overseas.

Furthermore, you can purchase items online using the bank cards (Credit/Debit) that you availed from your home country. These cards normally send OTP to your phone number when you purchase things online as a security measure.

If you will not keep your Sim Card number active then you will lose access to the things that matter to you the most. Using the 5 ways mentioned in this post is a small price to pay to maintain your SIM card active while you are abroad.keep sim card active abroad

1. Recharge your Prepaid SIM before you travel abroad

It is important that you purchase a prepaid e-Load for your SIM Card before traveling overseas. You can recharge your SIM with just the minimum amount. What matters is it has enough load balance that you can use to do some mobile activity using your SIM.

2. Activate your Telco’s International Roaming feature

Activating the International Roaming feature of your local Sim Card. This will ensure that your mobile phone will be able to connect to a partnered Telco abroad.

For example, you are bound for Dubai in UAE. When you activate the roaming option of your Globe Sim, it will be able to connect to partnered Telcos in UAE such as Emirates Telecom Corp-ETISALAT and Thuraya Telecommunications Company. If you are working in Saudi Arabia, your Globe Telecom’s Sim Card can connect to MTC Saudi Arabia.

Moreover, when activated, the International Roaming option has no expiry. This means that as long as you are in a foreign country, the roaming feature will remain active.

3. Insert your Sim Card into your Spare Phone

By far this is the best option to keep your Sim Card active while you are staying overseas. Simply because this option will keep your Sim connected to partnered Telco abroad. As a result, your Sim will always have an activity 24 hours a day.

If you do not have an extra device, then install your SIM card to your current phone. Keep it there for at least 1 hour for it to connect to partnered Telco overseas so it will have some activity.

4. Reload your Prepaid Sim Card every 3 months

Another suggestion to keep your SIM card active is to purchase a prepaid load for it every 3 months. What you can do is buy the lowest denomination available that your local Telco is offering. For example, in the Philippines, Smart Prepaid subscribers can buy a regular load for as low as 10 pesos.

When you are abroad, you can use your online Banking App to buy a prepaid load by yourself. Or you can request your relatives in the Philippines to buy a prepaid load for you.

5. Check your Sim Card’s Prepaid Load Balance each month

This may be the funny part because you will have to do this every month. You know that the load credits will not change compared to the previous month, but you still have to check it.

The purpose of this option is for your Sim Card to have some activity. As I’ve mentioned earlier, your Sim will be deactivated when it has no activity for a certain number of days. So, checking your prepaid load credits each month will do the trick.

Why keep your Sim Card active while you are Overseas

We cannot deny the fact that prepaid Sim Cards are affordable. If your Sim Card expires, you can simply dispose of it. However, your Sim Card number is one of the ways for your friends and relatives to contact you when you work overseas. It is also a way for you to reach out to your friends when you come back to your home country. When your Sim Card has expired, then you have to buy a new one. Afterward, you have to inform all your friends that you change your number.

When your Sim Card was deactivated, you won’t be able to reactivate it again. As a result, you won’t be able to access the Mobile Apps that are dependent on your mobile phone numbers such as your GCash, PayMaya, and Online Banking Apps that sends an OTP.

Another thing is you won’t be able to reset the password of your Email and Social Media accounts using your phone number. It is tedious but it is the consequence of not keeping your Sim Card active.

How to Know if Your SIM card has Expired

The common sign that your Sim Card has expired or been deactivated is when your cellphone cannot get a network signal while abroad. This means that your local Sim cannot connect to a partnered Telco abroad.

Once this happens, you will not be able to use the Short Messaging Service (SMS) and you can’t make a phone call. Moreover, it is too late to buy an e-load for your Sim as it will not receive it.

For Globe Prepaid Sim Card, it will take about 2 months or 60 days of no activity before it will expire.

TM or Touch Mobile Sim Card will expire after 365 days (1 year) of no activity.

Talk N Text (TNT) Sim Card will take 180 days or 6 months of no activity before it expires.

Smart Prepaid Sim will expire after 180 days or 6 months of no activity.

Sun Cellular Sim card takes about 120 days or 4 months of no activity for it to expire.

*There you have it guys! I hope this helps.

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2 comments… add one
  • My

    I did received a text message from globe that my sim will be expired.. so, is reloading my sim is enough to keep it going even if i dont use the load at all?
    I wanted to use my globe number sending sms but i really dont know how..

    • Matt

      That is what I do. I reload my Globe SIM to prevent it from expiring. Also just to make some activity with the SIM from time to time.

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