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.

72 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

    • jerry says:

      ako din, nag sim card failed yung roaming ko kc d ko naloadan,,,,panu po ba yun marereractivate???help naman po,,,i need it urgently..thanks….

      • Sarah says:

        1. Yes you can put in your old sim card and use it2. Depending on where you find one. ebay has them for $400 with no contract. If i was you I would aethrr buy it in the store for $200 with a contract.3. Yes, because AT T require you to buy a voice plan + $30 unlimited data plan for the iphone 3g.4. I have a 3G iPhone and I would be lost without it. I dont know how I lived without it. I have all my email address synced in, So i never get on the computer to check my email, which is great for someone thats always on the go or doesnt have much time. I have all my bill dates reminders, so my bills are never late. I can record lectures from professors for hours of recording. If im lost somewhere i can get easy directions with street view to show me a real picture of the street and where I need to go. Its an incredible device. You really wont find one iPhone user that regrets getting an iphone.

    • chadee says:

      there are services called sim retention sa globe.. ewan ko lang ang smart

  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…

    • roamer says:

      YUn roaming mo ay dapat niereload every now and then. Its too late now dahil yun number mo ay na re isuue na. But next time you got a roaming there is a nice site for SIM reload the wehttps://www.aryty.com/DefaultP.aspx?rc=slttp.comb site
      has the capability to load you. They are here in the US at pwede mo kausapin sila. But loading your SIM will be done on the site

  12. ashra says:

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

  13. kishida says:

    my friend send me card load in japan..how i can reload it? im a globe user and im here in japan. Please help!

  14. kjgj says:

    pano bah mag load pag naka roaming?
    answer nmn oh..

  15. Nimfa says:

    Hi, gusto ko lang po malaman, kasi may roaming po ako ng smart talk & txt & nandito ako sa dubai, ask ko lang kung pano magkaron ng network coverage kasi bigla nawala signal ko sa smart.

  16. debbie says:

    just call (02)888-1111 even you are in abroad… i,ve done it on my sim so its work now.. thanks GOD! When i arrived here in hongkong my smart roaming prepaid was not working…. so here i go search online then i found out i can call 24hours hotline even im in abroad…. Salamat sa DIOS akala ko magpapalit na naman ako ng number buti na lang nag work ulit kaloload ko pa naman pag-alis ko galing pinas…. hope its help kahit bali baliktad english ko.. heheheeeee

  17. Akani says:

    Help!!!.. Can someone please tell me HOW to inquire for the load Balance of my Prepaid Globe kababayan sim while am out of the country..

  18. shrly says:

    bumili po aq ng fone hir s pinas, samsung c3053 pinili q po tlga ung my frequency n QUADBAND kc mas advisable dw po un pra mgm8 s ibang bansa… den bumili nmn po q ng ggm8ting sim smart roaming sim po ung bnili q tas bumili dn po aq ng load n card worth 300.. ask q lng po sna qng mgg8 po b nung boyfrnd q s canada ung sim at mdli nya po bang mailoload ung 300 n load s sim nya??
    tnx po..

  19. mm says:

    hi! roaming number po ba e2 xxxxxxxxxxx?

  20. Cindy says:

    how will i able to call my friend in hongkong.. i was trying to use the hong kong area code but then i called the wrong person.. will i still need to put the area code or not? just his smart number? no added area codes on specific country? i need a reply please…

  21. jed says:

    ask lang kung panu mag pa roaming sa sun and2 nko now sa dubai… tnx

    • jocelle says:

      how much load he will need upon activation

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  22. jocelle says:

    paano i activate ung roaming sa sun pnadala n pndala q s taiwan

  23. lhyn says:

    gud day!pno q i roaming sim q?nkalimutan q roaming b4 q umalis.kindly help me…tqs!a lot!more power 2 smart

  24. lhyn says:

    israel po pla me…

  25. ariel says:

    ask ko lang po

    paano malalaman ang number ng simcard

  26. lynn says:

    i have a cell that roams to us it is a philippine tel # how do I reactivate the number and get it loaded so i can use it

  27. weng says:

    paano ba ma activate yong roaming kahit sa labas na na phil kasi nakalimutan ko eh roam on…pls help me

  28. aronn says:

    hello. how much load balance should be maintain in smart roaming? can i able to recieve text messages if my load is below 100 pesos? tnx :)

  29. ruby nartea says:

    nagroaming kasi ako before my flight but when i use hindi ako matext gamit ang roaming ko pano ko po ba magamit kasi sayang yung niload ko almost P400.00 pa un,.paki answer namn ako urgent..thanks

  30. robert martinez says:

    In USA & my prepaid smart balance 0. Have prepaid card but can”t reload. Called smart assistance in Phil. but computer answer says they do not have my cell # 09084074420 @ hang up without answering. How can I reactivate roaming? load balance zeroed out about 3 weeks ago.

  31. robert w martinez says:

    Roaming in USA w 0 bal 3 wks ago. have card but can’t reload when I text to 1510. Called cust serv in Phil, but computer reply no such # 09084074420 & hangs up. How do I reactivate?

  32. Mer says:

    Hi ask q LNG if my unlimited. B nag roaming number t.y

  33. Pepe says:

    The philippines is the worst in cell phones!!! First if you have a Sun and you are calling a Globe your load must be different, it’s is frustrating when you go and ask someone to load you phone they don’t know what to load in it because there is 10 000 different load type , i fyou load this you can only test sun , but no others, if load that you can call but only ather carriers…. it’s a mess , i hate it i been here many times and still cant adapt to that stupid system. ( all money makers) , that why in the US and Canada our phone system is structured like any other country … i have 3 different sim cards in my current cell phone , and sometimes i can’t call for one of the sim cards because the reception is not available ( the cell phone carriers do not share the towers of reception) so if you stay in some areas where sun is not covering you are forced to be with globe or sun… it;s fricking retarded!!!! Good luck!! ..oh and by the way wait and see the internet service problems they have. You will be lucky to access your email if you have a internet flash stick. I got one , I payed 1500 peso for a prepared Sim card and Stick that is rechargeable… I only had service in airport and that was 1 bar, and by surprise in El Nido , because there is little population I was able to get 0.25 MBPS LOL …. it’s retarded I’m telling you

  34. maurene dayag says:

    Paano q b iactivate s roming ung simcard n galing pinas kung walang signal.help me pls.tnx

  35. uramakison says:

    hi to all.. mga kbayan.. ask lng po xe po ung gf ko nsa hongkong ngaun.. bali ok nmn nkaroaming aman po ung smart nya activated ba. ask lng poh anu po bang ida-dial ung +639. then ung no nya tlga ng smart.. o kelangan ko pa po ng area code ng hongkong.. ung +852..? bali po tinatry ko gnito po.. +852639xxxxxxxx.. un po ngriring nmn kaso nung niloadan ko xa from here.. tas un di raw po ngriring ung cp nya.. pnu kaya un mga guys..? tnx in advance for those who will answer me..

  36. Tyronne Isagani David says:

    i have a question.im here at JAPAN.can i have a roaming sim card from the phillipines?will the sim card be useful here in japan?and another question…is there any promos in the roaming sim cards?like unlimited SMS texting or unlimited CALLS from japan to philippines..i want to have a roaming because i have a girlfriend left in the philippines.i just want to keep in touch with her in all times :) thank you..PLEASE REPLY for INFOs.or EMAIL ME

  37. Honey says:

    Hi poh help nman kc ung rooming ko na globe eh may load poh xa kso poh sending failed poh pag nag txt aq anu poh dapat kong gawin…

  38. Honey says:

    Her poh number ko sa rooming sim ko 09174023079 d poh talaga aq maka send me load p poh aqng more than 400 kso sending failed aq pag nag txt aq no poh dapat kong gawin urgent LNG poh tlga…. Tnx

  39. Honey says:

    Or paki Msge nlng poh me sa fb account ko search honeyrizzy sidomar tnx

  40. marvie says:

    pano po ba ko tatawag sa roaming number ng bf ko kasi na.try ko po kasi ganito kunwari 09151234567 un number nya ganito ginawa ko.

    00971509151234567 tama ba???

    hindi ko po talaga alam e pano po ba ?

    thanks :)

    • just helping says:

      Marive, if you are here in pinas and your BF’s globe no. is set to roaming, then you can call his mobile phone like you are calling him here, no other nos. added to his mobile phone when you call. But make sure that his roaming globe no. has load. Your bf will pay for the incoming call you make, hmm. average of 80pesos/minute. Even miscalls he will be charged (mababawasan load nya more or less same rate of 80p on the average)…

  41. juliet says:

    hi to all. gud evening… i’ just want to ask lng sna kung nsa japan b aq0 at gamit q0 ang roaming sim q0 mata2wagan b ito ng cellphone nla sa japan number ???

  42. Ruth from China says:

    thanks anjel for the globe roaming loading mechanics! really very useful!
    got it now. :)

    God bless! from clark pampanga..

  43. jessa says:

    hi! does anybody here knows how to load smart prepaid card abroad? my bf asked me to buy smart prepaid card (500). his in brazil right now.. pls help. thanks!

  44. JEN says:

    HI there panu po ba magloag sa smart roaming card dito sa dubai? pls help

    • qwerty says:

      hi there jen dubai… from experience wag…kasi hindi gagana ibang simcards sa dubai better off ka bumili ng DU or Etisalat sim card tapos may tip naman sila kung paano kumuha ng homeland offer nila pag registered ka na…calls are only 1 dirham per minute + free minutes homeland calls everytime you load
      (required passport and visa copies only)

      same in saudi none will work…better buy an STC card tapos the 10 riyal load card will last 10 minutes…1 riyal per minute only…but no need for anything just buy the stc card ok na

      if you will roam…either using sun smart or globe…best option pa activate sa pinaka malapit na office or outlet nila to avoid the mega large deductions pag load sa labas…pag activated nila mismo ang roaming 1 week or a few days before you go legit and no prob ang pasaload…e load and or card load…it works so far smart has a pinoy sim available mismo sa Naia with no balance required yuo only need to load if you want to text or call back home…

      if you are in the north sea area now worries voip is active and depending on the vessel or company you are with…calls are free ever tried calling3 hours flat? ikaw din ang magsasawa :)

  45. lynn says:

    Hi Smart Prepaid Management Team. Nag roaming ako bago umalis ng Pinas, I paid PH 200, pagdating ko ng HongKong nabigla ako ang balance is PH 9.50 kahit hindi ko pa nagamit.. ano ba to, SCAM???? Bumili din ako ng prepaid worth PH 300 still it’s not working. I need my money back!

  46. Julieta v. benedicto says:

    how can we send text messages to out relatives in phil.?

  47. joan kristine guevarra says:

    pano po ba i paload dito sa pinas ang roaming no.?nasa hongkong po yung nagpapaload

  48. Bonita says:

    hi! anyone can help me? lalo n ung asa japan.. I activated my roaming sim before I left pero d ko nmn n check ndi pla 3G or 4G ung cp ko. I was planning n bumili ng cp dito sa japan n meron din sa pilipinas n brand ok lang kaya n insert ung sim natin dun? Para nmn magamit ko ung roaming ko 500 php laman nun…sayang nmn pag d ko nagamit!
    salamat po!

  49. summer smit says:

    ang aking mobile# +639192616111—-sms only

  50. MJ says:

    Im in US. Before I left Manila, I bought a roaming sim so that I can text my family back n fort and not having them to pay a lot to communicate to me. I also put a load of p200 but now I’m showing with zero balance and haven’t use the load . Is there a way I can load my phone without having to call my sis to put a load on it? Or better yet is there a website I can go and pay the load with my credit card?

    Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Thanks!

    • USA Roaming says:

      Here is a very informative site from previous reader. I went to this site and load my roaming cp. Also here is the catch, before it used to be $2.88 minimum load which is P115. Now it’s $2.00 minimum, you have to get the $4.00 because if you will read the other post a minimum of P100 is required. Hope this helps you. Also txting them back to the Philippines will cause you arm and a leg IF you use the roaming sim but to txt them back use skype txt as a cheaper alternative. I think its about $0.06 per txt to the Philippines. But if you have an iphone thats another story. There are an apps for txting that you can utilize for sending txt to the Philippines at no cherge.

      Bill Jack says:

      April 3, 2011 at 4:07 am

      The best way to reload is online if you are abroad … click on this link or paste it to ur search box.. https://www.aryty.com/Default.aspx

    • USA Roaming says:

      I just check aryty.com its not changed at $2.88 so were still ok. its not $2.00

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