SingTel Prepaid Roaming FAQs

I just realized that calling a Singapore mobile# using my Singapore SIM while roaming overseas is not as simple as just dialing the Singapore mobile#. It's a bit complicated than that. How SingTel does it is that, if you want to call a Singapore mobile# or other countries' phone numbers, you have to dial *131* first. In a way, this helps lower the roaming charges.

Again, this was a bit difficult to find so I am linking and duplicating this SingTel information for all roaming customers like me. By the way, I am using SingTel's hi! mobile SIM card :)

Quick Answer:

Dial *131*, followed by the (country code) e.g. 65 for Singapore and the telephone number of person you wish to contact. For example, should you wish to call the number 61234567 in Singapore, just dial the following sequence: *131*6561234567# and then press 'SEND' or call. This message will be routed back to SingTel, and SingTel will call you back within 10 seconds.

The idea is that you inform SingTel of the number you would like to call. SingTel will call that number and connect it to you, as if the call originated from you directly, which is in a way correct because you were the one who initiated the call. Gets?

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Can I use Prepaid Roaming when I am in Singapore?
2. Does Prepaid Roaming support data services?
3. Can I use Prepaid Roaming wherever I am roaming?
4. When does the charging for the call commence?
5. After dialling the code for Prepaid Roaming and sending, do I have to hang up the phone?
6. When the system calls me back after I dial the code, do I have to pick up the phone?
7. Are there any subscription charges for Prepaid roaming?
8. Will I be charged extra for using the special code *131* to initiate the call?
9. If the person I am calling does not pick up the phone, will the call be automatically disconnected?
10. If the person I am calling does not pick up the phone within 5 rings, will I be charged for that duration?
11. How long does it take for the system to call me back when I am using Prepaid Roaming to initiate the call?
12. What happens if I am not able to take the call from the system?
13. What happens if the called party's phone is engaged?
14. How will my friend or family member know that the SMS is from me?
15. Can my friend reply to my SMS while I am roaming overseas?
16. What are the charges for receiving a SMS while I'm roaming overseas?
17. Using Prepaid Roaming, can I call a Singtel mobile/M1/Starhub customer who is also roaming?
18. Is the balance enquiry service chargable?
19. Can I make IDD calls to Singapore or other countries?
20. I am an ICC subscriber. Can I use my ICC to call Singapore?
21. Is there a minimum balance I need to maintain?
22. Do all handphones support Prepaid Roaming?
23. Will I be able to use the Prepaid Roaming service immediately after I have registered?
24. What value-added services can I enjoy while roaming?
25. Can I see the caller-Id or set call forward while roaming?
26. Can anyone deposit messages in my voicemail while I am roaming?
27. Can I retrieve voicemail while roaming?
28. Since call forwarding to my voicemail is disabled when I roam, do I have to set call forwarding again when I am back in Singapore?
29. Is there a customer service hotline to call when I am roaming?
30. If I received an incoming call, can I re-dial that number using re-dial function *131# or *131*0#?
31. What are the advantages of using the Prepaid Roaming re-dial codes?
32. Will I be able to see the telephone number of incoming calls when I am roaming overseas?
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1. Can I use Prepaid Roaming when I am in Singapore?
No. This Prepaid Roaming service is only available when you are roaming overseas.
2. Does Prepaid Roaming support data services?
No, it is currently meant for voice calls and SMS only.
3. Can I use Prepaid Roaming wherever I am roaming?
No. Some overseas networks do not support the service because of technical constraints. Please refer to
http://home.singtel.com/consumer/products/mobile/globaldial/globaldial_list.asp for the list of operators that support Prepaid Roaming.
4. When does the charging for the call commence?
The call charging commences only when the called party picks up the call.
5. After dialling the code for Prepaid Roaming and sending, do I have to hang up the phone?
No. Once you send the call initiation string of the *131* code, your phone will automatically return to ready mode so that you can make or receive calls as per normal. You do not have to hang up the phone.
6. When the system calls me back after I dial the code, do I have to pick up the phone?
Yes. The call will be connected to the number you wish to call only after you pick up the phone.
7. Are there any subscription charges for Prepaid Roaming?
No.
8. Will I be charged extra for using the special code *131* to initiate the call?
No. The usage of the *131* code is free of charge. You only pay for successful calls made or received.
9. If the person I am calling does not pick up the phone, will the call be automatically disconnected?
Yes. The call will be terminated if the person you are calling does not pick up after a maximum of 5 rings.
10. If the person I am calling does not pick up the phone within 5 rings, will I be charged for that duration?
No.
11. How long does it take for the system to call me back when I am using Prepaid Roaming to initiate the call?
Typically, it would take about 10 seconds.
12. What happens if I am not able to take the call from the system?
If your phone is busy or out of coverage when the system calls you back, your call will be unsuccessful. In this case, the system will send you an SMS notifying you that your call was unsuccessful: "System was unable to reach you, call was unsuccessful to xxxxxxx."
13. What happen if the called party's phone is engaged?
You will hear the engaged tone, and then the call is dropped. To re-dial, key *131# and press SEND.
14. How will my friend or family member know that the SMS is from me?
The sender field in the SMS will show your mobile number.
15. Can my friend reply to my SMS while I am roaming?
Yes, but only if his/her network allows this feature.
16. What are the charges for receiving a SMS when I'm roaming overseas?
Receiving SMS is free.
17. Using Prepaid Roaming, call I call a Singtel mobile/M1/Starhub customer who is also roaming?
Yes.
18. Is this balance enquiry service chargable?
No, it is part of the roaming service provided to all SingTel Mobile prepaid subscribers.
19. Can I make IDD calls to Singapore or other countries?
Calls to Singapore or other countries can only be made by keying in the *131* code.
20. I am an ICC card subscriber. Can I use my ICC to call Singapore?
No. All outgoing calls are barred.
21. Is there a minimum balance I need to maintain?
You need to maintain a minimum balance of $8* in order to use Prepaid Roaming service while overseas. This is to ensure that your call will not suddenly terminate due to the balance being too low.
For example, if you have a card balance of $15 and make a call, this call can last as long as your card balance is sufficient for the per minute charge of the zone you are roaming in. At the end of your call, if the remaining card balance is $4, you will need to top-up before you can make another call.
* This applies to both voice calls and SMS.
22. Do all handphones support Prepaid Roaming?
Handsets which are Phase 2 compliant can support Prepaid Roaming. Please refer to http://home.singtel.com/upload_hub/consumer/list_handsets.htm for the list of handsets.
23. Will I be able to use the Prepaid Roaming service immediately after I have registered?
No, you will need to top up your hi!Card/hello!Mobile Card first. You may purchase a top-up card upon the registration of your hi!Card/hello!Mobile Card.
24. What value-added services can I enjoy while roaming?
You can use Call Waiting, Call Hold and receive SMSes.
25. Can I see the Caller-ID or set call forward while roaming?
No. These services are disabled while roaming.
26. Can anyone deposit messages in my voicemail while I am roaming?
No, once you log onto the overseas network, your call forwarding services will be disabled. As such, no messages can be deposited in your voicemail box.
27. Can I retrieve voicemail while roaming?
Yes, while roaming you can retrieve old messages (deposited before you logged onto the overseas network). Just dial *131*65 1344# and wait for the system to call you back. Note that you must activate the voicemail function before leaving Singapore.
28. Since call forwarding to my voicemail is disabled when I roam, do I have to set call forwarding again when I am back in Singapore?
No, your setting for call forwarding will remain as it was before your trip.
29. Is there a customer service hotline to call when I am roaming?
Yes, you can call our 24-hour hotline at *131*6567380123# or *131*6564822800# during office hours for assistance. Please note that you will have to pay for these calls.
30. If I received an incoming call, can I re-dial that number using re-dial function: *131# or *131*0#?
No. The re-dial function only works for outgoing calls made using *131*.
31. What are the advantages of using the prepaid roaming re-dial codes?
• Hassle-free re-dialling
• Conveniently accessible from most of SingTel Mobile's roaming destinations
• No subscription fee or additional charges.
• Easy to remember: *131# to re-dial the last number or *131*0# to re-dial any of your last few called numbers.

32. Will I be able to see the telephone number of incoming calls when I am roaming overseas?
Roaming Caller ID is dependent on foreign networks and destinations. If the caller number has been marked private, receiver will also not be able to see the numbers.

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