In the Move to Cambodia book, I recommend Cellcard’s INET3 data plan for iPhone, Android and other smart phones. At the time the book was written, it cost $5/month for 2GB of data. Since then, a few things have changed, and it’s all good news.
Cellcard is still offering the INET packages, but they’ve raised the data limits. If you just need data on your phone for one day you can use INET1, which gives you 250MB for 24 hours. INET2 offers 1GB for 7 days for $2. And these days INET3 offers a cool 3.5GB for just $5 a month. You can get any of these plans on your Cellcard phone by texting INET1, INET2 or INET3 to 6767.
Cellcard has also changed their APN settings. If you need to set the APN on your phone to use data, they’ve eliminated the username and password. The new setup is:
But wait, there’s more! Cellcard is now offering a new set of data packages, Cellcard XG. They’re similar to the INET plans, except for the same price you get the addition of unlimited same-network texting, some free off-network texts, and free same-network call minutes. So if you’re already on one of the INET packages, it’s worth switching over. Check out their info page for all of the details, but this expat has chosen to go with XG5 which offers 100 free on-net minutes, unlimited on-net SMSs, 15 off-net SMSs, and 3.5GB of data. To sign up, dial #8181#3#2# from your Cellcard phone.
The higher plans also seem like a good deal, with 11GB for $15, or 15GB for $20. Recently Metfone–which many use for home Internet with a data-only SIM and a USB 3G modem–has lowered their $20 data plan from 12GB to 10GB, which seems ludicrous considering the competition they are getting from Digi and Opennet, so it seems likely that those of us who are still going the USB 3G modem route will end up switching to Cellcard.
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