How to phone back
Ben van Wijnen
This question is often heard by
me: "Can I use my mobile phone to call back home, when I'm in
I answer always: "Of course, but you better don't do that. It's
very expensive. So...don't do this".
Also expensive is using the telephone in your hotel room.
is how it looks when you have bought the card.
How to phone back home?
You are in Malaysia. You're having a wonderful vacation and you want to
let the people back home know, that you're doing all right. You want to
phone them. How do you do that?
Well, that's not so difficult.
There are several prepaid card company's. You can buy them everywhere:
in the supermarket, in the souvenir shop, at the newspaper stall.
Sometimes the shops have stickers on their window to let you know, that
they are selling prepaid cards.
There are cards in different price rages: RM20,- RM30,-, RM50,- and
For RM50,- ( Euro 12,50) I could talk over an hour to my home country
In the shop you ask for a prepaid Calling Card for the
telephone. I buy always the card from TIMEKontact, because of the good
experience we've had using this card. TIMEKontact
is a prepaid calling card for discounted rates to anywhere in the world.
Calls can also be made from either mobile phones or fixed line phones.
When you have bought
your calling card, you have to scratch two numbers. One is you Card
Number and the other is your Pin Number (look at the photo
below). You have to choose a toll free number, where they speak English.
On this card in this example it is: 1 800 182 661. When you call
in your hotel room, you have to pay the local cost, so go outside! The
local costs are different in every hotel , but the price should be
around 30 sen.
card is scratched. you can see the card number and the pin number.
After dialing the toll free
number a computer voice will ask you for your Card Number and Pincode.
Each followed by a hash (#).
In this example it's like this: 5059594033 #
and the pincode 8723 #.
A voice will tell you now, how much money there is on your card.
you dial your country code. The country code for Australia 0061
and for the USA 001, followed by the area code and
then the telephone number (at the end an hash #). .
Now you hear how many minutes you can phone to Australia or USA
and you can talk to your family.
When there are 5 minutes left, the
computer voice will tell you: "You have 5
Remember that calls can also be made from either mobile phones or fixed line phones.