StarHub ties up with Taisys to provide virtual prepaid SIM cards for tourists here

From next Monday, tourists who visit Singapore will be able to use virtual prepaid SIM cards, which can be activated upon arrival. -- ST FILE PHOTO 
From next Monday, tourists who visit Singapore will be able to use virtual prepaid SIM cards, which can be activated upon arrival. -- ST FILE PHOTO 

SINGAPORE - Tourists who visit Singapore will be able to use virtual prepaid SIM cards from next Monday (June 15), making it more convenient for them to stay connected here.

Telco StarHub has partnered Taiwanese firm Taisys Technologies to provide this service. This makes Singapore the eighth country in the world to join Taisys Technologies' slimduet platform, which allows mobile users to download virtual prepaid SIM cards from participating countries so they do not need to physically change their SIM cards.

Users who have the slimduet app, as well as a slimduet sticker on their SIM cards, can purchase virtual prepaid SIM cards from from participating countries. They can then download it, and activate it after they arrive at their destination

This means a user from the United States, for instance, can purchase a StarHub prepaid card while still there, download it through the slimduet app, connect to the StarHub network once he lands in Singapore and activates it at the telco's authorised dealers in Changi Airport.

Territories with the slimduet platform are Britain, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, US, Taiwan and Thailand.

The service will start here on Monday (June 15). The US$14 ($19) prepaid StarHub package will come with $18 credit for local talktime, SMS and data, free 100GB local data for five days and free IDD018 calls to 19 destinations.

StarHub's assistant vice-president for mobile prepaid business Tian Ung Ping said: "This new, unmatched convenience will enhance the overall visitor experience for travellers, who in this digital age require connectivity on their phones for both work and play."

lesterh@sph.com.sg