Philippines GSM 900 / 1800

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Philippines SIM Highlights
  • 616 Php ($11 USD) starter airtime credit
  • A local Philippines cell phone number
  • FREE incoming calls
  • Voicemail
  • International SMS
  • GPRS
  • No yearly contract, monthly charges or credit check

If you plan on visiting the Philippines any time soon, don’t take off without a prepaid SIM card. The Philippines SIM card provides a simple, convenient, and affordable way for any traveler to make and receive those all-important calls while abroad.

The Philippines prepaid SIM card is a practical option for using your existing world phone as a prepaid Philippines cell phone while you’re in the country at a better rate than you’d pay for a Philippines cell phone rental. It’s also a trouble-free ticket to using the same options that the Filipinos themselves use—the local Filipino cell phone system. The SIM chip, combined with an unlocked GSM World cell phone, helps you keep the lines of communication open without being burdened by high international roaming surcharges applicable when you use your “home” SIM card abroad. You’ll likewise enjoy the benefit of international SMS text messaging, voicemail, GPRS, a local cell phone number in the Philippines, and FREE incoming calls. The prepaid feature gives you complete control over your costs, and with our low domestic and international calling rates, having a cell phone in the Philippines is affordable for all. Access to customer service from your Philippines cellular phone is available 24 hour a day, so you’ll always have assistance with any unexpected issues or questions about your calls. No yearly contract, monthly charges, or credit check is involved.

Your Philippines SIM Card will require a SIM-unlocked GSM cell phone that supports the 900 and 1800 frequencies. If you do not have your own international cell phone, we have several models available for your consideration. Please click here for more information.


Airtime Rates

Domestic calls

Domestic calling rates are per minute for outgoing calls within the Philippines from your local Philippines SIM card while you are in the Philippines. All incoming calls, regardless of where they originate, are completely free with your Buddy SIM card.

  Peak Off Peak
Local 8 Php ($0.15 USD)

4 Php ($0.07 USD)

*NDD 8 Php ($0.15 USD) 4 Php ($0.07 USD)


*National Direct Dial: 3-4-5- toll for calls to different areas within the Philippines. There is a domestic long distance per minute surcharge.

Domestic SMS (text messages) are 1 Php ($0.02 USD) each. Incoming domestic SMS messages are free.


International calls

International calls from your world cell phone have never been easier with your prepaid Philippines SIM card. All rates are charged per minute for international outgoing calls from a Philippines prepaid SIM card while you’re in the Philippines.

International SMS messages are $0.20 USD each.


Adding Airtime

Your SIM card includes an airtime voucher of 616 Php ($11 USD), which you may load once you arrive in the Philippines. Additional airtime is available through the purchase of airtime vouchers, also called top up cards. Airtime vouchers are available in the Philippines at local tabac shops, convenience stores, Smart Buddy or Gold retailers, and at newsagents displaying the Buddy logo. These airtime vouchers are available in the following denominations:

  • 300 Php ($5.60 USD)
  • 500 Php ($9.35 USD)
  • 1000 Php ($18.70 USD)

To add airtime to your Philippines SIM card, simply:

  • Scratch the card to reveal the 14 digit voucher code
  • Dial 1510 + 14 digit PIN and [SEND]
  • A voice prompt will confirm your successful reload

To check your balance simply dial 1515 [SEND

Remember you do not need to purchase another Philippines SIM card when your airtime credit is depleted; you only need a Philippines recharge voucher! Incoming calls are always completely free, even when you run out of airtime.


Service Life

The Buddy prepaid SIM card must be activated before the expiration date printed on the back of the card. If you do not arrive in the Philippines with your local Philippines SIM card before the expiration date, your SIM card will be invalid. Every time you add airtime to your SIM card, the airtime is valid for 60 days. Any remaining airtime will be forfeit after this 60 day period. When your account balance reaches $0 (zero) you have 120 days to reload additional airtime to keep your SIM card active. During this 120 day time period you can continue to receive free incoming calls.

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