Load a Roaming SIM Card

Many people choose to use a SIM card from the Philippines while traveling or living abroad. Using a Globe, Smart or Sun Cellular SIM card allows you to have a Philippine mobile number that people in the Philippines can use to text and call you. This means they only pay regular text message rates to send you a text no matter what part of the world you are living in.

How to Activate Your SIM

If you purchase your SIM card in the Philippines you should make sure to activate your SIM for international roaming prior to leaving the Philippines. If you do not activate for roaming before leaving the Philippines you can still contact the customer servcie of the SIM card brand you are using to request that the SIM be activated for roaming. It may take longer to activate if you have already left the Philippines, that is why we recomend activating your SIM vefore you leave.

Can My SIM Roam

If you purchase a SIM outside the Philippines check to make sure it is a roaming capable SIM card. Not all SIMs can be activated for roaming. Each carrier has different types of SIM cards that can be activated for roaming abroad. Again it is best to check with each carrier before buying to be sure your Globe, Smart, or Sun SIM card will be ready to roam abroad.

What Phone will You Need

You will also need an “unlocked GSM phone” to use that SIM card. In the US the cell phone carriers will lock their phones. This means they will not work with a SIM that is not from the same carrier that the phone was made for. Fortunately phones can often be unlocked inexpensively.

Maintain a Load Balance on Your Phone

You also need to buy load for your phone so it will not expire while you are away from the Philippines. Each Philippine carrier requires a specific amount of load as a minimum balance on their SIM card while roaming. If you should drop bellow the minimum amount of load balance the SIM will be deactivated fro roaming. You will need to recharge with load before you can continue roaming. Remember that load expires after an amount of time defined by the Philippine carrier, so be sure to load it before all your load expires.

How Long Can I Roam

SIM cards activated for roaming are only available for roaming for a set period of time defined by the Philippine carrier. Be sure to find out how long your SIM will remain active for roaming. You can always reactivate the SIM to continue using it while roaming.

Recharging a Roaming SIM

Using an online recharge service is an easy way to purchase Globe, Smart or Sun load for any SIM while roaming. This will help keep your SIM active and you will never be in a jam to try and find a card. Some SIM cards require a minimum load balance be kept on the SIM card in order to use them while roaming.

To purchase a Philippine sim card in the USA you may want to visit your local Philippine store or go online to a site such as www.cellularabroad.com which offers sim cards from different countries. You can also use the online auction ebay.com. There is also a site called www.freephilippinesimcard.com that promises free sim cards in exchange for some of your email information.

Calling and Text SMS a Roaming SIM

Your Philippine SIM card will have an international phone number like this, +639xxxxxxxxx. All Globe Smart and Sun SIMs use this phone number convention whether they are roaming or not. Roaming phones can be called just as if they were in the Philippines. Incoming calls cost so be sure you are loaded. Incoming text is free thus the roamer can receive SMS even if it has no load.

Will I get a Signal

Signal is dependent on the coverage of the roaming partners in the US. As long as the US network has coverage in your area, you will be able to use the service.

Can I Use My Roaming SIM in the Philippines

The roaming SIM may be used in the Philippines, local rates will apply within the home network. There is no action required to use a roaming SIM in the Philippines. Your Philippine carrier will know your home.

18 Responses to “Load a Roaming SIM Card”

  1. aileen says:

    i failed to reload my roaming for 1month and i want to reactivated it again what should i do?pls help..thanks

  2. mourielle says:

    where can i buy suncel roaming ? can i use it in usa ? can they recieve my sms if i text them in phils ? please answer .

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  3. edgieperales says:

    how to reactivated my roaming no.# XXXXXXXXXX.
    my mother send a load already to this no.# worth 200 peso but still not yet activate untill now,
    i was spent my vacation last march 30 2010, the time i flew i forgot to roam on,now its not easy from my family to connect and to inform some important thing coz of expensive communacation.
    i try to ask help to all concern party. hope u can help me this matter.
    thanks a lot. edgie.from dubai

  4. amjdam says:

    Parang nkakawalang gana naman bumili ng sim di2 sa pinas,tagal kc ayusin un problem sa roaming,well reader lamang po aqu at paalis n din.ngbabasa basa para malaman q naman kung anu pa mas maganda.hayy.walang mganda di2.bye.

  5. sheila says:

    i have the same problem…my bf is in dubai and i can’t send a load in his roaming no.pls..help mu what should i do..and also is sun roaming is applicable on dubai??

    • christine says:

      alam mo,……simpleng promblema lng yang iha,eh deh mgbreak kau!hindi nga pinuproblema ng bf yan kz maraming mkkati d2 dubai.sarap pala nya.sorry ha?msarap kz,kelangfan eh

    • christine says:

      alam mo,……simpleng promblema lng yang iha,eh deh mgbreak kau!hindi nga pinuproblema ng bf yan kz maraming mkkati d2 dubai.sarap pala nya.sorry ha?msarap kz,kelangan eh

  6. Raven says:

    Hi kabayan! anyone can help me, my mother send me a number of Globe Prepaid Card to be load to my Globe Roaming but the problem is I dunt know how to load it I’m here in KSA.. really dunt know how to do it… is there is any command keys to put in the cp… tnx…

    • Anjel says:

      You just have to dial this in your phone: *123*(PREPAID CARD NUMBER AND PIN)# then press the send button. Hope that helps! :)

  7. katie28 says:

    hi.. can you guys help me? i had my globe roaming activated b4 i left the phils last sept. ’09. juz last week, i’m not receiving any signal. i thought it was juz in regards to globe’s prob back in the phils. i tried to turn off my cp & restart it again until it says UNREGISTERED SIM. i would like to reactivate it again, i juz dunno how.. can anybody help me?? :(

  8. Anonymous says:

    pano ko ba? maactivated ung roaming ko eh and2 na aq sa japan pls help jsbfdhdjvjshfgdb

    • ceh says:

      kung globe ka pede mo ipatwag sa relatives mo dito sa pinas sa customer service nila di ko lang sure kung pede din gawin un pag smart… sa sun cel naman kelangan nakaline ung number mo para maroaming ung no. mo

  9. jamerol says:

    pls pls pls help me:-(
    d n daw kc mkarecive ng txt ung asawa q abroad.nsa saudi xa ngaun.kala ko nmn kht wala lod e makakarecive xa ng txt galing d2 pinas.smart gamit nya…e wala p xang 2months xa andun…bkt gnun?dko dn makontak ung custumer service ng smart…kainis….

  10. mike says:

    mga kabayan may ita2nong po sana ako, pano ba ibalik ang signal ng smart roaming ko dito sa USA biglang nawa signal or baka na xpire na ata to. may naka lagay na msg SIM CARD REGISTRATION FAILED.

  11. mike says:

    mga kabayan may ita2nong po sana ako, pano ba ibalik ang signal ng smart roaming ko dito sa USA biglang nawala signal or baka na xpire na ata to. may naka lagay na msg SIM CARD REGISTRATION FAILED. tulongan nyo namn ako plssss…

  12. ashra says:

    need roaming load??? txt XXXXXXXXXX or visit XXXXXXXXXX@yahoo.com
    see also at facebook.

  13. candy says:

    kabayan pwede ba ipangtawag ang roaming smart galing uae sa ibang bansa tulad ng japan?

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