I might be interested in getting a local (US) number too..My current actually a really old number that I converted (T mobile) into a pay as you go...since I left the US a few years ago, they don't have that plan anymore but old numbers still can carry that plan so i just deposit like maybe $30-50 to my account before i arrive and i have my us phone with me..but that plan is stuck in the stone age...only can make/receive calls and text...no data/whatsapp.It says phones with foreign SIM cards are exempt from registration. My provider (t-mobile) has an inexpensive text & data roaming agreement in Indonesia, so my phone should work without registration, at least in theory.
This is all about tax income and shoring up local smartphone sellers.
Pardon me for not understanding this fully (or correctly)..I already have my local number/sim in Indonesia (I think I already registered I vaguely remember...) if I were to purchase (legally) a phone in Singapore...all i have to do is just switch the sim or do i have to re-register? I can't live without blackberry physical keyboard and trying to find new blackberry phone is not getting easier..
Have received my sms from Kominfo. All good!The law is now in effect, starting April 18. Any phone used with an Indonesian SIM card before April 18 (but going back to what date?) has been automatically registered to the whitelist, and you should have received an SMS from KomInfo, or will receive one by May 2.
They have also released the procedure and form for how to register and pay tax on a phone bought outside Indonesia in the future. Intended for tourists, a phone SIM card can be registered for 90 days use without paying tax.
Registrasi atau mendaftarkan IMEI ponsel yang dibeli dari luar negeri bisa dilakukan lewat situs dan aplikasi smartphone. Bagaimana caranya?tekno.kompas.com
Google translate not work for you?
Have you used it recently (past year?) with an Indonesian cellular provider? If so, it will be registered in the system and no fees owed. If not, it will need to be registered. Registration of phones over $500USD will also require paying the import duty/tax, though I do not know how they treat phones which are older and were purchased used/discounted/refurbished. Will they accept a receipt you provide for your specific purchase, or will they use the original retail price when that phone first came to market?My cell is an ancient Iphone 5s; am I exempt, safe, whatever?