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Brunei: 3 Best Prepaid SIM Cards Buying Guide (2023)

Brunei – known for being peaceful, its rainforest & architecture.

Previously part of Malaysia, Brunei has managed itself well as a standalone country.

Mostly because it was lucky enough to have large gas and oil reserves, allowing Brunei to be in the top ten wealthiest countries worldwide (based on GDP per capita).

Unlike nearby Singapore, which is regarded by some as man-made, Brunei does have natural beauties.

The Ulu Temburong National Park is stunning – so is Lalak Lake.

But there are better countries in the region for nature – Brunei also has stunning mosques, like Istana Nurul Iman, Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque & Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque.

And do not forget about the many gardens and parks, including Silver Jubilee Park and Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas.

The thing is, Brunei is not known for being a cheap travel destination, just like Singapore.

And any way to save on money is appreciated so that you can spend more on experiences.

That is why you should not roam internationally – International roaming can be expensive.

That is why I always recommend local prepaid SIM cards or eSIM and even travel eSIMs so that you can enjoy low rates for data, minutes & SMS.

While Brunei may have one of the highest mobile data rates in Asia (excluding the Middle East), the prices are still affordable for most travelers.

So, how much do SIM cards cost in Brunei?

You can get a Bruneian SIM card for 8 BND (5.70 USD) from Imagine and 10 BND (7.20 USD) from DST and Progresif in their stores. DST and Progresif also sell tourists SIM cards for 15 BND (10.70 USD). SIM cards are also sold at Brunei International Airport (BIA).

Not too bad, right? And Bruneian starter packs always include some starter benefits, such as data, minutes & SMS.

The country is not like Canada, where they charge you about the same for just the SIM card 🥴.

In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Brunei. Let's go.

Buying a SIM Card in Brunei Guide (logos of DST, Progresif & Imagine)

Original publication: 16th of December 2019. Last updated: 24th of October 2022.


Table of Contents

Can You Buy a SIM Card in Brunei?

Anyone living in or visiting Brunei can buy a Bruneian SIM card from the mobile network operators (DST, Progresif & Imagine) with no restrictions.

You do have to comply with the SIM card registration regulations.

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Moreover, you need a phone that supports the frequencies used in the country (preferably all of them to have the most optimal experience while in Brunei).

Furthermore, you need to have a SIM-lock-free device.

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Brunei?

You can get a Bruneian SIM card in DST, Progresif & Imagine stores. SIM cards are also sold at Brunei International Airport (BIA).

You can expect to pay the following for Bruneian SIM cards:

  • DST Brunei: “free”, but 10 BND top up required
  • Progresif: 10 BND
  • Imagine Brunei: 8 BND

The following Bruneian mobile operators also have SIM cards targeting tourists:

  • DST Brunei: 15 BND
  • Progresif: 15 BND
  • Imagine Brunei: N/A – but SIM cards are sold at the airport

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Can You Use Your Phone in Brunei?

Brunei uses GSM technology for mobile communications. CDMA phones will not work in Brunei. If your phone has a SIM card slot, then it supports GSMA (99% of the phones do support GSM nowadays).

Traditional European frequencies are used in Brunei, which are mostly used in ITU Regions 1 and 3 (Africa, Asia (including the Middle East), Europe & Oceania).

The Americas (North-, Central– & South America + the Caribbean – ITU Region 2) use American frequencies, which differ from the European ones.

ITU Regions Map
By Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) – Own work, using this file by Denelson83, CC BY-SA 2.5

If you bought your phone in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Oceania (ITU regions 1 and 3), you should not experience any issues with using your phone in Brunei.

If you purchased your phone in the Americas (ITU Region 2) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, then there is a possibility you cannot use your phone when in Brunei or can only use slower networks (3G or 2G).

If you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support, you can use your phone in Brunei (to some extent) – also on 4G/LTE.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Brunei

Brunei has three mobile operators offering prepaid services easily accessible for travelers:

  • DST Brunei
  • Progresif
  • Imagine Brunei

The following frequencies are used in Brunei:

  • 2G: 900 MHz (not for Imagine Brunei)
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3)
  • 5G NR: N/A – not being rolled out yet

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in Brunei, check out this page by Will My Phone Work (may be outdated or inaccurate at times).

Again, make sure your phone is unlocked. Otherwise, you will not be able to use any SIM card except the one from your home operator (meaning you have to roam internationally or buy another unlocked phone that does support the frequencies listed above).

If you want to learn how international roaming works, this guide explains it in-depth. If you wonder why it is often so expensive to roam, this article explains the hidden reason they do not want you to know.

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VoLTE & VoWiFi in Brunei

VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G) – also known as HD Voice) is not available in Brunei – the same counts for VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi – also known as WiFi calling).

This means that your phone will downgrade to 2G or 3G when making a call in Brunei (unlike mobile operators that do support VoLTE – then you can still use 4G/LTE while calling).

VoWiFi is, as the name implies, calling on a WiFi connection as opposed to on a cellular network.

5G NR in Brunei

5G NR is not available in Brunei as of 2022. However, there are reports that 5G NR will launch somewhere in 2022.

Best SIM Card in Brunei

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Brunei, I recommend going with DST. It has the best coverage and the fastest speeds. Progresif is slightly cheaper than DST while having extensive coverage and fast speeds.

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Best eSIM in Brunei

Unfortunately, none of the mobile operators offer eSIMs to prepaid customers in Brunei (yet).

Note that the Bruneian mobile operators require your identification (passport) for eSIMs and physical SIM cards (will be discussed later).

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Brunei without personal detail capturing, you can get the Brunei (Muara Mobile) eSIM from Airalo.

Brunei Muara Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

You have these three options:

  1. Brunei/Muaru Mobile 1 GB eSIM for 7 days
  2. Brunei/Muaru Mobile 3 GB eSIM for 30 daysvery popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  3. Brunei/Muaru Mobile 5 GB eSIM for 30 daysmost popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers

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

For an in-depth analysis of the Brunei Muaru Mobile eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Brunei eSIMs Compared guide.

You can also get Brunei eSIMs from Holafly:

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No unlimited data for Brunei (yet)

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

For an in-depth analysis of the Holafly Brunei eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Brunei eSIMs Compared guide.

Holafly Travel eSIM Reviews by Phone Travel Wiz

With these eSIMs, you can skip Brunei's SIM card registration scheme entirely and use it immediately upon arriving in Brunei!

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TIP: check out my Best Brunei eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Brunei.

Best International/Travel SIM Card for Brunei

If you want to buy the best international/travel SIM card for Brunei, I recommend going with SimCorner's Brunei Travel SIM cards. Consider SimCorner's Asia SIM cards to be used in Brunei and 20+ countries, including neighboring Indonesia, Malaysia & Singapore.

You have the following two Brunei Travel SIM cards:

  1. Brunei SIM card with 6 GB for 8 days in 30 countries
  2. Brunei SIM card with 6 GB for 15 days in 20+ countries
Asia Travel SIM Card (6 GB for 8 days) SimCorner
© SimCorner
Asia Travel SIM Card (6 GB for 15 days) SimCorner
© SimCorner

The SimCorner Asia SIM cards can be used in Brunei and the following other countries:

  • Azerbaijan 2
  • Bahrain 1
  • Bangladesh
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Georgia
  • Guam 1
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Jordan 1
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait 1
  • Kyrgyzstan 2
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia 1
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Nepal
  • Oman 1
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Qatar 1
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand 2, 3
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam

1 for the 8 day version only
2 for the 15 days version only
3 only 500 MB in Thailand – better get the SimCorner Thailand Travel SIM Cards instead

Use discount code PHONETRAVELWIZ for extra savings!

SIM Card Registration in Brunei

SIM card registration with your passport information is mandatory in Brunei. It will be done at the point of sale.

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Brunei Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of Brunei

Brunei may not be the cheapest travel destination in Southeast Asia.

However, its mobile data rates are on the lower end for global standards.

The average price for 1 GB of data in Brunei is 2.40 BND (1.70 USD), around the Asian average of 1.47 USD. The world average is 3.12 USD.

But Brunei is the 6th most expensive Asian country (excluding the Middle East) for mobile data.

The data allowances are modest in Brunei – do not expect to spend just 13 USD for 150 GB of data (like in Laos).

Anyway, Brunei is the most expensive Southeast Asian country for mobile data.

So, you will pay top dollar for data-featured plans in Brunei.

Will you at least get fast speeds? Yes, you certainly will.

Brunei's median mobile download speed is around 77 Mbps.

For reference, the global median download speed is around 31 Mbps at the moment.

Brunei's neighbors have way slower median download speeds (even Singapore, which is not a direct neighbor).

In fact, Brunei has the fastest median download speed in Southeast Asia and the third-fastest in Asia, behind South Korea (109.65 Mbps) and China (89.32 Mbps).

What is remarkable is that Brunei has yet to fully launch 5G NR, while China and South Korea have had that technology for years.

So imagine how much faster speeds will be when 5G NR is finally up and running 😳.

Anyway, Brunei's mobile download speeds ahave increased by year on year.

While there is currently no up-to-date research on which Bruneian mobile operator is the fastest or has the best coverage, I can tell you it is DST – hand down.

It has always been the best-performing mobile operator in the country, primarily because of its first-mover advantage.

Progresif is a close second, mostly because Brunei is a small country, so the competition can quickly set up their networks (if they have the funds).

The same can be said about Imagine – the newest mobile operator in Brunei.

It has been running since January 2020 and already has extensive coverage in populated areas.

And with 5G NR coming soon to Brunei, DST may lose its top spot to its competition if Progresif and Imagine invest like crazy into their 5G NR networks.

With average SIM card prices, practically perfect nationwide coverage, blazing-fast download speeds, and low mobile data rates, you should have a smooth network experience in Brunei.

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Currency in Brunei

10 Brunei Dollar Bank Note
© Monetary Authority of Brunei Darussalam (BDCB)/Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD)

Brunei uses the Brunei Dollar with the symbol BND (which will be used throughout this guide).

However, prices are often listed as just $. For example, 25 BND = $ 25.

For reference, below are some exchange rates between BND and USD (US Dollars):

  • 1 BND = 0.70 USD
  • 10 BND = 7.20 USD
  • 100 BND = 71.60 USD

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Bruneian Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through DST Brunei, Progresif & Imagine Brunei, and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices, and availability
  • Recharge/top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans, and special packs (such as social media packs)

With that being said, let’s see what Brunei has to offer to us.


DST (Datastream Technology Sdn) Brunei

DST Brunei Logo
© DST Brunei

DST (Datastream Technology Sdn) Brunei, just DST, is the largest mobile operator in Brunei.

It also has the best network but is the most expensive option in the country.

Even then, the difference is minimal nowadays.

  • 2G: 900 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3)
  • 5G NR: N/A – not being rolled out yet
  • VoLTE: No
  • VoWiFi: No

This is what you will learn about DST:

* Coverage
* How to Get a DST SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – DST Brunei

DST has the best coverage in Brunei.

Below is DST's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

However, click here to see DST's official coverage map.

SIM Card Price – DST Brunei

You can get a DST SIM card, called Easi, for “free,” although a 10 BND top-up is required (but that gets converted into usable credit), in DST stores. DST SIM cards are also sold at Brunei International Airport (BIA).

DST Brunei SIM Card Price

Short-term visitors and tourists can also get the DST Easi Tourist SIM card – DST's tourist offering.

For 15 BND, you get 3 BND credit and 3 GB of data for 7 days.

DST Brunei Tourist SIM Card

The tourist SIM card can be pre-ordered online, although it is not compulsory.

After the plan expires, you can get any other DST plan.

However, the DST Easi Tourist SIM card expires after 30 days and cannot be extended, even if you purchase a regular plan.

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DST has no eSIMs.

Note that the Bruneian mobile operators require your identification (passport) for eSIMs and for physical SIM cards.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM, you can go with the Brunei (Muaru Mobile) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers & 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers).

Brunei Muara Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

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

Or get the Brunei eSIMs from Holafly (6 GB/15 days).

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Be aware that there is no VoLTE nor VoWiFi with DST.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – DST Brunei

DST top-up vouchers are sold in DST stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Brunei.

To top up your DST SIM card, dial *103*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *103*123456#

DST Brunei SIM Card
© DST Brunei

Dial *102# to check your DST balance.

You can top up your DST SIM card on the MyDST app (Android/iOS).

DST Brunei MyDST App
© DST Brunei

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – DST Brunei

DST has four data-featured plans:

DST plans can be activated by dialing *133#.

I will list all the prices in BND (Brunei Dollar).

To convert BND to your currency (let's say MYR – Malaysian Ringgit) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Easi Combo Addons – DST Brunei

The Easi Combo Addons are combo plans with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Dial *133# to activate Easi Combo Addons:

PricePlanDataLocal MinutesLocal SMS
8 BNDCombo 81 GB60 minutes60 SMS
22 BNDCombo 223 GB200 minutes120 SMS
DST Brunei Easi Combo Addons
Easi Data Addons – DST Brunei

The Easi Data Addons are data plans (without 5G NR access).

Dial *133# to activate Easi Data Addons:

PriceDataValidity
3 BND1 GB1 day
5 BND2 GB3 days
10 BND3 GB30 days
10 BND5 GB7 days
13 BND6 GB30 days
20 BND8 GB30 days
20 BND10 GB7 days
40 BND15 GB30 days
60 BND25 GB30 days
DST Brunei Easi Data Addons
Easi Social Pack – DST Brunei

The Easi Social Packs are data plans (without 5G NR access) for Facebook, Instagram, Line, Snapchat, Telegram, TikTok, Twitter, WeChat & WhatsApp.

Dial *133# to activate Easi Social Packs:

PriceSocial Data 1Validity
3 BND1 GB7 days
5 BND2 GB15 days

1 for Facebook, Instagram, Line, Snapchat, Telegram, TikTok, Twitter, WeChat & WhatsApp

DST Brunei Social Pack Add-On
© DST Brunei
Easi Video Packs – DST Brunei

The Easi Video Packs are data plans (without 5G NR access) for Dailymotion, iFlix, Netflix & YouTube.

Dial *133# to activate Easi Video Packs:

1 for Dailymotion, iFlix, Netflix & YouTube

DST Brunei Video Pack Add-On
© DST Brunei

APN/Internet Settings – DST Brunei

  • Name: DST
  • APN: dst.internet

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Progresif

Progresif Brunei Logo
© Progresif

Progresif is the second-largest mobile operator in Brunei.

It has always been behind DST Brunei in terms of subscriber numbers and quality of service.

But it still has a great network and has always been (slightly) cheaper than DST Brunei.

  • 2G: 900 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3)
  • 5G NR: N/A – not being rolled out yet
  • VoLTE: No
  • VoWiFi: No

This is what you will learn about Progresif:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Progresif SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Progresif

Progresif has extensive coverage throughout Brunei.

Below is Progesif's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Progresif

You can get a Progresif SIM card, called YO!, for 10 BND with 10 BND credit in Progresif stores. Progresif SIM cards are also sold at Brunei International Airport (BIA).

Progresif Brunei SIM Card
© Progresif

Short-term visitors and tourists can also get the Progresif Tourist SIM card.

For 15 BND, you get 4 GB of data and 30 local minutes for 7 days.

Progresif Brunei Tourist SIM Card Price
© Progresif

The tourist SIM card can be pre-ordered online, although it is not compulsory.

The Progresif Tourist SIM card is only sold at airport, Times Square (Berakas) & The Mall Gadong.

Unless you pre-order it online – then it can be picked up at any Progresif location.

After the tourist plan expires, you can get any other Progresif plan or the same one by texting AddTourist15 to 39123 (15 BND).

However, the Progresif Tourist SIM card expires after 28 days and cannot be extended, even if you purchase a regular plan.

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Progresif has no eSIMs.

Note that the Bruneian mobile operators require your identification (passport) for eSIMs and for physical SIM cards.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM, you can go with the Brunei (Muaru Mobile) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers & 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers).

Brunei Muara Mobile eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

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

Or get the Brunei eSIMs from Holafly (6 GB/15 days).

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Be aware that there is no VoLTE nor VoWiFi with Progresif.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Progresif

Progresif top-up vouchers are sold in Progresif stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Brunei.

To top up your Progresif SIM card, dial *177#, select option 1, and enter your VoucherCode.

Dial *179# or *177# and select option 3 to check your Progresif balance.

You can top up your Progresif SIM card on the Progresif Care+ app (Android/iOS).

Progresif Brunei Progresif Care+ App
© Progresif

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Progresif

Progresif has six data-featured plans:

Progresif plans can be activated on the Progresif Care+ app.

I will list all the prices in BND (Brunei Dollar).

To convert BND to your currency (let's say MYR – Malaysian Ringgit) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Combo Packs – Progresif

The Combo Packs are, as the name implies, combo plans with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Combo Packs can be activated on the Progresif Care+ app:

PriceDataBonus Data 1Local MinutesLocal SMSValidity
7 BND1.2 GBN/A60 minutes15 SMS30 days
10 BND2 GB300 MB60 minutes15 SMS30 days
11 BND1.5 GB800 MB80 minutes20 SMS30 days
13 BND4 GB800 MB60 minutes15 SMS30 days
20 BND7 GB1.1 GB60 minutes15 SMS30 days
24 BND9 GB1.4 GB60 minutes15 SMS30 days
33 BND13 GB1.7 GB60 minutes15 SMS30 days

1 for 3 days

One Plan Prepaid – Progresif

The One Plan Prepaid are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

One Plan Prepaid can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 39123:

PriceDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidityActivation Code
10 BND1 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 daysAddOnePlan1
20 BND5 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 daysAddOnePlan5
30 BND10 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 daysAddOnePlan10
60 BND25 GBUnlimitedUnlimited30 daysAddOnePlan25
Progresif Brunei One Plan
Data Add-Ons – Progresif

The Data Add-Ons are data plans (without 5G NR access).

They can be combined with Talk N' Text Add-Ons, allowing you to set up your own plan.

Data Add-Ons can be activated on the Progresif Care+ app:

PriceDataBonus Data 1Validity
3 BND1 GBN/A3 days
4 BND1.2 GBN/A30 days
7 BND2 GBN/A30 days
8 BND3 GB300 MB3 days
17 BND7 GB1.1 GB30 days
15 BND6 GB800 MB7 days
20 BND10 GB1.1 GB7 days
21 BND9 GB1.4 GB30 days
30 BND13 GB1.7 GB30 days
Talk N' Text Add-Ons – Progresif

The Talk N' Text Add-Ons are combo plans (without 5G NR access) with minutes and SMS.

They can be combined with Data Add-Ons, allowing you to set up your own plan.

Talk N' Text Add-Ons can be activated on the Progresif Care+ app:

PriceLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
4 BND60 minutes15 SMS30 days
5 BND80 minutes20 SMS30 days
6 BND100 minutes25 SMS30 days
Progresif Brunei Plans
© Progresif
Data Add-Ons for Tourist SIM Cards – Progresif

The Data Add-Ons for Tourist SIM Cards are data bundles (without 5G NR access) exclusively for the Progresif tourist SIM card.

Data Add-Ons for Tourist SIM Cards can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 39123:

PriceDataActivation Code
10 BND2 GBADD2GB
20 BND5 GBADD5GB
30 BND10 GBADD10GB
Progresif Brunei Data Add-Ons for Tourist SIM Card
One Plan Prepaid Add-Ons – Progresif

The One Plan Prepaid Add-Ons are data add-ons (without 5G NR access) exclusively for One Plan Prepaid. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

One Plan Prepaid Add-Ons can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 39123:

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
10 BND5 GBUntil plan expiresUPGRADE
20 BND10 GBUntil plan expiresUPGRADE10GB
40 BND20 GBUntil plan expiresUPGRADE20GB

APN Settings – Progresif

  • Name: Progresif
  • APN: pcsbwap

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched

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Imagine Brunei

Imagine Brunei Logo
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Imagine Brunei, just Imagine, is the smallest mobile operator in Brunei.

It is the new mobile brand, launched in January 2020, by Telekom Brunei Berhad (TelBru) – TelBru has been in Brunei since 2002 but changed its name in 2019.

But because Brunei is tiny, it managed to build up its network rather quickly.

Currently, it is the cheapest option in the country.

  • 2G: N/A – never had it
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3)
  • 5G NR: N/A – not being rolled out yet
  • VoLTE: No
  • VoWiFi: No

This is what you will learn about Imagine:

* Coverage
* How to Get an Imagine SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Imagine Brunei

Imagine has extensive coverage throughout Brunei.

Below Imagine's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Imagine Brunei

You can get an Imagine SIM card, called Wish, for 8 BND with 5 BDN credit, 2 GB of data, 20 local minutes & 20 local SMS for 30 days in Imagine stores. Imagine SIM cards are also sold at Brunei International Airport (BIA – from Wellmart).

Imagine Brunei SIM Price
© Imagine Brunei
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Imagine has no eSIMs.

Note that the Bruneian mobile operators require your identification (passport) for eSIMs and for physical SIM cards.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM, you can go with the Brunei (Muaru Mobile) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers & 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers).

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

Or get the Brunei eSIMs from Holafly (6 GB/15 days).

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No unlimited data for Brunei (yet)

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

TIP: check out my Best Brunei eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Brunei.

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Be aware that there is no VoLTE nor VoWiFi with Imagine.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Imagine Brunei

Imagine top-up vouchers are sold in Imagine stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Brunei.

To top up your Imagine SIM card, dial *610# and follow the instructions.

Dial *610*1# to check your Imagine balance.

You can top up your Imagine SIM card on the imagineGo app (Android/iOS).

Imagine Brunei imagineGo App
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Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Imagine Brunei

Imagine has four data-featured plans:

Imagine plans can be activated on the imagineGo app.

I will list all the prices in BND (Brunei Dollar).

To convert BND to your currency (let's say MYR – Malaysian Ringgit) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Flexi Plans – Imagine Brunei

The Flexi Plans are combo bundles with data (without 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Flexi can be activated on the imagineGo app:

PricePlanDataSocial Data 1Local MinutesLocal SMSValidity
7 BNDFlexi 11 GBN/A30 minutes30 SMS30 days
15 BNDFlexi 55 GBN/A120 minutes120 SMS30 days
30 BNDFlexi 10+10 GB1 GB20 minutes20 SMS30 days
50 BNDFlexi 20+20 GB3 GB50 minutes50 SMS30 days

1 for Facebook, Instagram, Netflix, WhatsApp & YouTube

Imagine Brunei Flexi Plans
Time-Based Plans – Imagine Brunei

The Time-Based plans are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

Time-Based plans can be activated on the imagineGo app:

PriceDataValidity
2 BND1 GB1 hour
3 BND1 GB7 nights (12:00 – 18:00)
5 BND2 GB7 nights (18:00 – 0:00)
Imagine Brunei Time-Based Plans
Data Plans – Imagine Brunei

The Data plans are, as the name implies, data bundles (without 5G NR access).

Data plans can be activated on the imagineGo app:

PriceDataValidity
4 BND1 GB30 days
9 BND3 GB30 days
12 BND5 GB30 days
Imagine Brunei Data Plans
Lifestyle Plans – Imagine Brunei

The Lifestyle plans are data bundles (without 5G NR access) for social- and video-streaming apps.

Lifestyle plans can be activated on the imagineGo app:

PricePlanSocial DataValidity
6 BNDLifestyle Social2 GB 17 days
7 BNDLifestyle Video3 GB7 days

1 for Facebook, Facetime, Instagram, Line, Skype, Twitter, Viber, WeChat & WhatsApp
2 for iFlix, Netflix, TikTok, Twitch, Vimeo & YouTube

Imagine Brunei Lifestyle Plans

APN Settings – Imagine Brunei

  • Name: Imagine
  • APN: internet.bn

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