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Malaysia: 10 Best eSIMs Compared + Discounts (2022)

Malaysia – known for the Petronas Twin Towers, jungles & the Batu Caves.

The year-round weather also makes it a popular travel destination for those wanting to escape the cold winter in their own country.

The issue with Malaysia, however, is that there is so much to do that you would need a lifetime to explore it all.

Several mountains can be explored, such as Mount Kinabalu.

Many exciting theme parks are scattered across the country as well, including LEGOLAND Malaysia and Sunway Lagoon.

And for those who want to stay away from all the crowdedness, you can even visit several islands, such as Sipadan Island.

Oh, and do not forget about East Malaysia, with the states Sabah and Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan – all on Borneo (shared with Brunei and Indonesia).

Malaysia is an affordable travel destination, but it may be expensive for Southeast Asian standards.

What you should not do, in many cases, is roam internationally in Malaysia.

International roaming can be expensive, which is why using local and travel eSIMs is recommended to save money.

And if you get a travel eSIM, you do not have to deal with the SIM card registration bureaucracy and skip the queues in Malaysia.

How much will a local or travel eSIM for Malaysia cost you?

You can get an eSIM for Malaysia for as little as 4.50 USD, with 1 GB of data for 7 days, up to 99 USD, with unlimited data for 90 days, from Digi Malaysia, U Mobile, speakOUT Malaysia, Tune Talk, Yoodo Malaysia, Airalo (Sambungkan), Holafly & Nomad.

Those are some generous data allowances, right?

And you can even get unlimited data if you want.

See how much it would cost you to use 10 GB while roaming – much more than what Holafly would charge you for unlimited data for 90 days!

In this guide, I will go over the eSIM options offered by the Malaysian mobile operators (Digi Malaysia, U Mobile, speakOUT Malaysia, Tune Talk & Yoodo Malaysia), Airalo, Holafly & Nomad. Let's do this.

Buying an eSIM for Malaysia Guide (logos of Airalo, Holafly, Nomad, Digi, Tune Talk, U Mobile, SpeakOUT, Yoodo & Sambungkan)

Original publication: 24th of August 2022. Last updated: 24th of August 2022.


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eSIMs offered by the Malaysian Mobile Operators

To get the best service available, in terms of reception and speeds, you want to go with the local mobile operators directly instead of with a travel eSIM.

That is because you will have a higher priority on the network in case of network congestion.

However, that does not mean travel eSIMs will always be slow.

In fact, some mobile operators throttle (prepaid) on select plans or all plans for “optimization” reasons (read: we cannot be bothered to invest in our network).

Anyway, which Malaysian mobile operators offer eSIMs to prepaid customers?

Currently, Digi Malaysia, U Mobile, speakOUT Malaysia, Tune Talk & Yoodo Malaysia offer eSIMs to prepaid customers.

You also have other options for getting an eSIM for your trip to Malaysia: travel eSIMs from Airalo (with Sambungkan), Holafly & Nomad.

Not only can you set up these eSIMs before arriving in Malaysia and activate them upon landing, but you can also avoid Malaysia's SIM card registration scheme, which is mandatory for anyone using Malaysian SIM cards and eSIMs.

While mobile data is already affordable in Malaysia, getting a travel eSIM will not break the bank – not at all.

Plus, I have plenty of experience with Airalo, Holafly & Nomad, and I can assure you they work well – and other Phone Travel Wiz readers also had pleasant experiences with them.

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So let's see what these travel eSIM providers have to offer in Malaysia, right?


Airalo eSIMs for Malaysia (Sambungkan)

Malaysia Sambungkan eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

If I could only get a travel eSIM during my trip because I do not have the time or opportunity to buy a local SIM card or eSIM, then I would always get an eSIM from Airalo.

Airalo has eSIMs for around 190 countries, offers eSIMs at the lowest prices (on average compared to the competition) & has good service.

Airalo usually partners with the local mobile operator with the best coverage, the fastest speeds, or both.

And if it needs to partner up with multiple mobile operators, it does so, allowing you to have the best reception at all times.

Anyway, you can get a Sambungkan eSIM for as low as 4.50 USD, with 1 GB of data, up to 25 USD, with 10 GB of data.

Those prices and data allowances are not too bad, right?

Especially knowing that the Sambungkan eSIM uses the Digi Malaysia – the best network in Malaysia with the fastest speeds -, Maxis/Hotlink Malaysia & U Mobile networks.

So you do not have to worry about speeds with the Sambungkan eSIM, even in remote areas.

Digi Malaysia Logo
© Digi

The following four Malaysian Sambungkan eSIM options are available:

  1. Malaysia/Sambungkan 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 4.50 USD
  2. Malaysia/Sambungkan 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 9 USD
  3. Malaysia/Sambungkan 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 13 USD (most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers)
  4. Malaysia/Sambungkan 10 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 25 USD
Malaysia Sambungkan eSIM Airalo (with Prices)

What do I mean by very popular and most popular?

100% of Phone Travel Readers get the 5 GB Sambungkan eSIM.

I guess my readers love the number 5? 🤪

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Overall, the Sambungkan eSIM gives you fantastic value for your money.


Airalo Sambungkan eSIM Pros

Are there any other reasons why you should get the Sambungkan eSIM for your trip? For sure:

  • You can activate your Sambungkan eSIM as soon as you land in Malaysia
  • You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access to Malaysia's best operator – Digi Malaysia – and a two others (Maxis/Hotlink Malaysia & U Mobile)
  • Sambungkan eSIMs are affordable (especially compared to roaming) and have generous data allowances
  • You do not have to worry about SIM card registration with the Sambungkan eSIM, saving you time
  • Out of data? You can simply top up online on the Airalo website and not worry about language barriers when dealing with local agents

There are many other small pros, but these are the major ones.

It would be disingenuous not to mention some cons, so here we go.

Airalo Sambungkan eSIM Cons

So, why should you not get the Sambungkan eSIM?

  • The Malaysian mobile operators, including Digi Malaysia, Maxis/Hotlink Malaysia & U Mobile network itself, have much more generous data allowances
  • While you get access to Digi Malaysia's network, the fastest in Malaysia, your speeds will not be as fast as going with Malaysia itself because you will be roaming on their networks (and not be a native customer)
  • There is no 5G NR access with the Sambungkan eSIM (yet)
  • You cannot call or text with the Sambungkan eSIM (nor can you receive them – you get no (local) phone number)

Airalo Sambungkan eSIM Overall Thoughts

Honestly, the Sambungkan eSIM is fantastic.

The plans offered with Sambungkan eSIMs are generous and affordable.

You get fast speeds and access to Malaysia's fastest network, Digi Malaysia, without standing in queues or dealing with SIM card registration bureaucracy.

And everything, purchasing and topping up, can be done online on the Airalo website or Airalo app (downloading the app is recommended).

Unfortunately, you cannot call or text with the Sambungkan eSIM, as it is a data-only eSIM.

But if you do wish to make actual calls, so not through apps like Whatsapp, consider a Digi Malaysia, U Mobile, speakOUT Malaysia, Tune Talk & Yoodo Malaysia eSIM or a Malaysian SIM card (but you will have to deal with the SIM card registration laws).


Nomad eSIMs for Malaysia

Nomad eSIMs Logo
© Nomad

Another travel eSIM provider I recommend is Nomad.

In fact, I have been in close contact with Nomad as soon as I partnered up with them.

For example, upon my recommendation, it started offering the Nordics regional eSIM – an eSIM that can be used in Denmark, Finland, Sweden & Norway.

Yes, I really try to get the best offers and deals for you 🥰.

Another thing I have been pushing Nomad for, and Airalo and Holafly (to be discussed next) for that matter, is lowering its prices or increasing its data allowances.

In June, Nomad started offering a 2 GB eSIM variant upon my request for Malaysia and various other Asian countries (because Phone Travel Wiz readers asked for such an eSIM) at competitive prices.

In August, Nomad dropped its prices again for its China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand & Vietnam eSIMs (which are even cheaper than Airalo – that is remarkable on its own!).

So yes, Nomad is looking out for you 👁👁.

Anyway, in Malaysia, it uses the Truphone network, which uses a combination of local networks (Digi Malaysia, U Mobile, speakOUT Malaysia, Tune Talk & Yoodo Malaysia), allowing your eSIM to switch to the network with the best reception automatically.

This way, you will always be connected!

You have the following four options with Nomad for Malaysia:

  1. Malaysia 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 5 USD/5 EUR/4.50 GBP/6.50 CAD
  2. Malaysia 2 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 10 USD/10 EUR/8.50 GBP/13 CAD
  3. Malaysia 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 13 USD/13 EUR/11 GBP/17 CAD
  4. Malaysia 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 15 USD/15 EUR/12.50 GBP/19.50 CAD
Malaysia eSIMs Nomad
Malaysia Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

Even though Nomad dropped its prices for Malaysia eSIMs, you can still get 3 USD off your first Nomad purchase by using code ADU123!

Of course, going with Nomad has some pros and cons, so let's go over them.

Nomad Malaysia eSIM Pros

So, why should you get a Nomad eSIM? Because:

  • You can activate your Nomad Malaysia eSIM as soon as you land in Malaysia
  • You do not have to worry about SIM card registration, saving you time
  • You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access on all Malaysian networks, allowing you to have the best reception at all times
  • Nomad Malaysia eSIMs are the cheapest eSIMs offered in this guide
  • You can avoid expensive international roaming fees
  • Out of data? You can simply top up online on the Nomad website and not worry about language barriers when dealing with local agents

But it is not all good news with Nomad though – there are some disadvantages.

Nomad Malaysia eSIM Cons

So, why should you not get the Nomad Malaysia eSIM?

  • The Malaysian mobile operators have much more generous data allowances and cheaper plans
  • While you get access to five networks, your speeds will not be as fast as going with the Malaysian mobile operators themselves because you will be roaming on their networks (and not be a native customer)
  • There is no 5G NR access with the Nomad Malaysia eSIM
  • You cannot call or text with the Nomad Malaysia eSIM (nor can you receive them – you get no (local) phone number)

Nomad Malaysia eSIM Overall Thoughts

Overall, the Nomad Malaysia eSIM is a great premium eSIM offering with the lowest prices in this guide.

You will always have the best reception because the Nomad Malaysia eSIM automatically switches to the best network at your location.

However, just like the other travel eSIMs mentioned in this guide, you do not get a (local) phone number with the Nomad Malaysia eSIM.

Moreover, you can only get up to 5 GB of data.

Luckily, you can top up your Nomad Malaysia eSIM with more data if you want.


Holafly eSIMs for Malaysia

Holafly Logo
© Holafly

The last travel eSIM provider I recommend is Holafly.

In June 2022, Holafly introduced something that no other travel eSIM provider had done by that time.

You can now get unlimited data plans for Malaysia, several other Asian countries, almost all European Union member states (except for Liechtenstein) & a few other countries, like Canada and the United States.

And that is super exciting!

Now, I have to say that the unlimited data plans offered by Holafly are more expensive than the Airalo Malaysia eSIM or the eSIMs sold by Nomad.

But if you do not want to worry about data allowances, Holafly is the one to go for.

The Holafly eSIMs use the U Mobile network.

U Mobile Malaysia Logo
© U Mobile

You have the following seven Malaysia eSIM options with Holafly:

Malaysia eSIMs Holafly

Based on the emails I have received, the 20-, 30- & 60-day plans are popular because those who buy Holafly eSIMs tend to stay in Malaysia for a prolonged period to explore the country.

As I recently started my collaboration with Holafly, you can get 5% off each purchase whenever you use code PHONETRAVELWIZ – awesome, right?

Of course, there are some pros and cons with going with Holafly, so let's go over them.

Holafly Malaysia eSIM Pros

So, why should you get the Holafly eSIMs? Well, because of the following:

  • You can purchase and set up your Holafly Malaysia eSIM before arriving in Malaysia (and activate it upon landing)
  • You do not have to worry about SIM card registration, saving you time
  • You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access on the U Mobile network
  • You do not have to deal with data caps because you get unlimited data (56 GB – here I come!)
  • You can avoid expensive international roaming fees

But it is not all good news with Holafly though – there are some disadvantages.

Holafly Malaysia eSIM eSIM Cons

So, why should you not get a Holafly Malaysia eSIM?

  • While the Malaysian mobile operators do not offer unlimited data plans (yet), their plans are much cheaper than Holafly
  • While you get access to the U Mobile network, your speeds will not be as fast as going with U Mobile itself because you will be roaming on their networks (and not be a native customer)
  • There is no 5G NR access with the Holafly eSIM
  • You cannot call or text with the Holafly eSIM (nor can you receive them – you get no (local) phone number)
  • Holafly is the most expensive travel eSIM provider in this guide

Holafly Malaysia eSIM Overall Thoughts

Overall, the Holafly Malaysia eSIM is an excellent eSIM for those who do not want to deal with data caps because you get unlimited data.

Even then, you will still get fast speeds and 4G/LTE reception.

However, Holafly is the most expensive option in this guide and may not be the best for budget travelers.


Best eSIMs for in Asia (not just Malaysia)

So what if you plan to visit neighboring China? Singapore? Thailand? Or other countries in East Asia or Southeast Asia?

Unfortunately, you cannot use your Airalo Sambungkan, Holafly Malaysia, or Nomad Malaysia eSIMs in any country than Malaysia.

However, the three eSIM providers have eSIMs covering several East Asian and Southeast Asian countries.

I highly recommend these Asia/APAC eSIMs if you plan to visit multiple East- and Southeast Asian countries to save money!

Airalo Asialink Asia eSIM

Asialink Asia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Airalo recently heavily improved its Asia eSIM, which used to offer a meager 4 GB of high-speed data before allowing for unlimited data at snail speeds, following the popular Eurolink eSIM for 39 European countries.

The Eurolink eSIM is the most popular eSIM for Phone Travel readers, and I have no doubt that the Asialink eSIM will be popular too.

Just like in Europe, many readers tend to visit multiple Asian countries, so they would rather have a travel eSIM covering multiple countries than just one (like Malaysia).

The Asialink eSIM can be used in the following 14 countries:

Below is an overview of how much each Asialink eSIM costs:

  1. Asia/Asialink 1 GB eSIM for 1 day, costing 5 USD
  2. Asia/Asialink 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 13 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  3. Asia/Asialink 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 20 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  4. Asia/Asialink 10 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 37 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  5. Asia/Asialink 50 GB eSIM for 90 days, costing 100 USD
  6. Asia/Asialink 100 GB eSIM for 180 days, costing 185 USD
Asialink Asia eSIM Airalo (with Prices)

Holafly & Nomad eSIMs for Asia

Because of Airalo's previous Asia eSIM, I used to recommend Nomad's APAC eSIMs instead (to be used in 8 countries).

This eSIM can be used in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore & Thailand (1 GB/7 days/15 USD – 20 GB/30 days/69 USD).

APAC eSIMs Nomad
APAC Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

The Holafly Asia eSIM has only one variant: 8 GB for 30 days, costing 47 USD/49 EUR/34 GBP.

This eSIM can be used in Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand & Vietnam.

Asia eSIMs Holafly

Basically, the same countries as the Airalo Asialink eSIM with just fewer options (1 variant (8 GB) vs. 6 variants (1 GB/3 GB/5 GB/10 GB/50 GB/100 GB)) and much more expensive.

So yeah, the Asialink eSIM is superior, I would say.

Remember, the Airalo links above will automatically offer you the best deals.


Overview of the Best eSIMs for Malaysia (Airalo vs. Holafly vs. Nomad)

In this guide, I went over various eSIMs for Malaysia: Airalo (Sambungkan), Holafly & Nomad.

Below is an overview of my recommendation order:

  • Airalo's Malaysia Sambungkan eSIM (best value for money)
  • Airalo's Asia Asialink eSIM (best value for money when also visiting other East- and Southeast Asian countries)
  • Nomad Malaysia eSIM (cheapest and excellent performance)
  • Holafly Malaysia eSIM (truly unlimited data plans at premium prices)
  • Holafly Asia eSIM (to be used in 13 countries)

Remember to use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for Holafly eSIMs and code ADU123 for Nomad eSIMs – a code is not necessary for Airalo eSIM purchases.


Buying a SIM Card in Malaysia

Want to just use a SIM card but not your current one because roaming will be criminally expensive?

Consider getting a Malaysian SIM card instead – local SIM cards are the cheapest way to stay connected abroad.

Buying a SIM Card in Malaysia Guide (logos of Digi, Hotlink, Celcom, U Mobile, Yes, Altel, speakOUT, Yoodo, Tune Talk & redONE)

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