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Original publication: 16th of December 2019. Last updated: 24th of December 2020.
Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Brunei
Brunei is a relatively small country in Southeast Asia. With a population of more than 400000, you should not expect that much choice in terms of telecom providers. DST and Progresif have a duopoly in Brunei. DST has the most subscribers and best coverage in the country but has the highest rates. Progresif has a decent 3G network (while DST has 2G, 3G, and 4G/LTE networks).
Best SIM Card Brunei
If you want to buy a SIM card in Brunei, I would recommend going with DST. As they have the best coverage and multiple networks, you will experience good service with them. Progresif should only be considered if knowing you will stay in one area where they have coverage. Else you will experience patchy service.
SIM Card Registration in Brunei
SIM cards can be bought in the official stores. Be sure to bring your passport with you to register the SIM card. If you, for some reason, manage to get an unregistered SIM card, service will stop working after a week.
Annual License Fee (Scrapped)
DST is the largest operator in Brunei. They are also regarded as the best operator, but you pay a premium for its high quality of service.
This is what you will learn about DST:
* How to Get DST SIM Cards (Regular + Tourist) & SIM Card Prices
* SIM Card Activation
* Topping-Up Options & Methods
* Plans, Packages & Bundles
* APN Settings
Coverage – DST
DST has the best coverage in Brunei.
Coverage will be great in places close to the roads. Reception in the mountains or forests will be poor to non-existent.
SIM Card Prices (Easi & Easi Tourist) – DST
DST prepaid SIM card packs, called Easi SIM Packs, are available at DST branches across Brunei. The SIM cards are officially free, but you need to recharge at least 20 BND to activate them.
You can also get the Easi Tourist SIM, which is DST's SIM card aimed at short-term visitors. The Tourist SIM costs 15 BND and features 3 GB and 3 BND in credit for 7 days.
The SIM card itself is valid for 30 days, which cannot be extended, but it can be topped up with Easi Recharge Cards, and regular Easi Add Ons can be added when the Tourist Plan expires.
The Easi Tourist SIM is available at Brunei International Airport and several other branches in Brunei:
- DST Airport Branch
- DST Yayasan Branch
- DST Rimba Branch
- DST Incomm The Mall Branch
- DST Incomm Samsung Experience Store
- DST Incomm Seria
It is possible to purchase a regular DST SIM card at Brunei International Airport. However, that is at the discretion of the salesperson you are dealing with.
SIM Card Activation – DST
Both the regular Easi SIM card and Easi Tourist SIM card have to be activated by making a call or by sending a text message before use.
I recommend calling DST Care at 151. Once you make your activation call, you will be prompted to select your preferred language (English or Malay).
Top-Ups & Recharges – DST
Top-up cards for the Easi SIM card, called Easi Recharge Cards, are available in DST branches and authorized DST dealers. They are sold in values between 2 BND to 100 BND.
|Recharge Amount||Bonus Credit||Validity|
|2 BND||N/A||2 days|
|5 BND||0.80 BND||7 days|
|10 BND||2 BND||15 days|
|20 BND||5 BND||35 days|
|40 BND||12 BND||75 days|
|100 BND||32 BND||300 days|
To activate your Easi Recharge Card, dial *103*VoucherCode#.
Dial *102# to check your balance, and *106# to check your bonus balance.
Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – DST
DST offers several types of bundles, also known as Easi Add-Ons, which are the Combo Add-Ons with internet, minutes & SMS, and the Data Add-Ons with just internet.
Easi Combo Add-Ons – DST
The Combo Add-Ons are combo bundles with data, minutes, and SMS.
The following Combo Add-Ons are available, which can be purchased by dialing *133#:
|Price||Plan||Data||Local Minutes||Local SMS||Validity|
|8 BND||Combo 8||1 GB||60 minutes||60 SMS||7 days|
|22 BND||Combo 22||3 GB||200 minutes||120 minutes||30 days|
Dial *133# to check your Combo Add-On balance.
Easi Data Add-Ons – DST
The Data Add-Ons are data-only bundles.
The following Data Add-Ons can be purchased by dialing *133#:
|3 BND||1 GB||1 day|
|5 BND||1.5 GB||3 days|
|10 BND||2 GB||30 days|
|10 BND||3 GB||7 days|
|16 BND||5 GB||7 days|
|20 BND||7 GB||30 days|
|20 BND||9 GB||7 days|
|40 BND||10 GB||30 days|
|60 BND||20 GB||30 days|
Dial *133# to check your Data Add-On balance.
APN Settings – DST
- Name: DSTCom
- APN: dst.internet
Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched
Progresif is the second-largest operator in Brunei. They are know for having competitive rates.
Coverage – Progresif
SIM Card Price – Progresif
Top-Ups & Recharges – Imagine
Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Progresif
APN Settings – Progresif
- Name: Progresif
- APN: pcsbwap
Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched
Coverage – Imagine
SIM Card Price (Wish SIM Cards) – Imagine
Imagine SIM card starter packs, called Wish Starter, are sold for 15 BND in Imagine Centers.
Top-Up & Recharges – Imagine
|Top Up||Bonus Data||Bonus Data Validity||Validity Extension|
|5 BND||0.5 GB||7 days||90 days|
|10 BND||0.5 GB||7 days||90 days|
|25 BND||1 GB||14 days||180 days|
|55 BND||1 GB||14 days||180 days|
Plans, Packages, Bundles & Offers – Imagine
|Price||Booster||Data||Local Minutes||Local SMS||Validity|
|7 BND||Combo 1||1 GB||30 minutes||120 minutes||30 days|
|15 BND||Combo 2||5 GB||120 minutes||120 SMS||30 days|
|3 BND||1 GB||7 days between 12:00-18:00|
|4 BND||1 GB||30 days|
|6 BND||2 GB for social media||7 days|
|7 BND||3 GB for video streaming||7 days|
|9 BND||3 GB||30 days|
|12 BND||5 GB||30 days|
APN Settings – Imagine
Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Brunei
The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Brunei
Getting a SIM card from DST would do you well when considering a Brunei SIM card.
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