How to Activate International Roaming in NTC SIM
Are you a Nepal Telecom (NTC) customer planning to travel abroad and wondering how to stay connected with your friends and family while you’re away? International roaming is the solution you need. NTC offers international roaming services to its customers, allowing you to use your NTC SIM card abroad. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of activating international roaming on your NTC SIM card and using it effectively while overseas.
Why Activate International Roaming?
Before we delve into the activation process, let’s understand why you might want to activate international roaming on your NTC SIM card. International roaming allows you to use your NTC number for voice calls, SMS, and data services while you’re traveling in foreign countries. However, please note that international roaming can be more expensive than using your phone in Nepal, especially for calls and data. Nevertheless, it provides the convenience of staying connected without the hassle of changing SIM cards or numbers.
Activating International Roaming in NTC
For Prepaid Customers
If you’re a prepaid NTC customer and want to activate international roaming, follow these steps:
Purchase a Data Roaming Pack: International roaming service for prepaid customers (including Voice, Data, and SMS) is automatically activated when you purchase a Data Roaming Pack.
Using NT APP: You can also activate international roaming using the Nepal Telecom mobile app.
Dialing: Dial 14157# from your NTC SIM card. This will allow you to purchase Data Roaming Packs. Send an SMS with the text INDRM1D for daily packs, INDRM7D for weekly packs, and INDRM28D for monthly packs to 1415.
Latching to a Network: It is suggested to purchase Data Roaming Packs once you’ve latched to an Indian network, as the validity of the pack starts from the time of subscription.
For Postpaid Customers
Postpaid customers can activate international roaming on their NTC SIM card as well. Here’s how:
Sufficient Balance: Ensure you have a balance of more than Rs 5000 in your account.
Dialing: Dial 14157# from your NTC SIM card and select option 3 to activate the roaming service.
After completing these steps, your postpaid SIM card will be equipped with international roaming, allowing you to use NTC services in a foreign country.
Using International Roaming in NTC
Now that you’ve successfully activated international roaming on your NTC SIM card, it’s time to start using it while you’re abroad. Here’s what you need to do:
Activation: First, ensure that you’ve activated the international roaming service on your SIM card using the steps mentioned above.
Network Selection: Your phone will either automatically connect to one of the roaming partner networks in the foreign country, or you may need to select a roaming partner manually. If your phone doesn’t connect automatically, go to Settings -> Mobile networks and manually choose a carrier.
Usage: With international roaming active, you can use your mobile phone (with the same SIM and number) for making calls, sending SMS, and using data services.
Cost of International Roaming in NTC
It’s essential to be aware that international roaming can be costly. The prices for making calls, receiving calls, and sending SMS while roaming vary from country to country and can fluctuate due to currency exchange rates. Incoming SMS on your roaming number is typically free.
For NTC prepaid customers, international roaming was initially available for India and China, but it has now been extended to more countries, including India, China, UAE, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, and many more.
Here’s an overview of the cost of international roaming for NTC customers:
- Cost of calling countries other than Nepal and the local country ranges from Rs 137 per minute.
- Outgoing calls while on international roaming range from Rs 7 (India) to Rs 135 (Other Asian countries) per minute.
- The cost of outgoing roaming SMS ranges from Rs 7 (India) to Rs 54 (China).
NTC has also introduced data roaming service for its customers. Initially, only voice and SMS services were available for international roaming, but now data services are also included. Data roaming is available in 14 countries, including India and the United States, with costs ranging from Rs 5 to Rs 40 per MB. NTC is continually working to expand the list of countries with data roaming service.
In conclusion, activating international roaming in your NTC SIM card is a straightforward process that can greatly enhance your travel experience by allowing you to stay connected. While international roaming can be more expensive than domestic usage, it offers the convenience of using your existing number and services abroad. Be sure to check the specific costs and coverage for the country you’ll be visiting and enjoy seamless connectivity during your travels.