how to reactivate inactive airtel sim card

#1 Sep 24th, 2011, 12:43
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hello,

it turns out that my mother's sim card has expired because of lack of use for over 3 months. i am abroad and would like to get it reactivated. Any suggestion as to what I could do, if anything at all?

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#2 Sep 24th, 2011, 12:56
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Contact the nearest Airtel store. I had this problem some years ago. The card itself won't be reactivated but for a fee you can get a new SIM card with the same number.
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I see, so this can not be done from abroad. Is there a place this can be done online? I looked around but other than that was unable to find anything. The landline has become pretty unreliable of late, hence the need for a stable phone again. But my mother is fairly advanced in age to do much on her own.
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Originally Posted by aarem View Post I see, so this can not be done from abroad. Is there a place this can be done online? I looked around but other than that was unable to find anything. The landline has become pretty unreliable of late, hence the need for a stable phone again. But my mother is fairly advanced in age to do much on her own.
Unfortunately No.
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Originally Posted by Golghar View Post Contact the nearest Airtel store. I had this problem some years ago. The card itself won't be reactivated but for a fee you can get a new SIM card with the same number.
Are you sure. Most folks in India seem to think it is not possible to get the same number back. Unused cash in the pre-paid will probably be transfered to the new SIM&number. I suffered through it few years ago.
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post Are you sure. Most folks in India seem to think it is not possible to get the same number back. Unused cash in the pre-paid will probably be transfered to the new SIM&number. I suffered through it few years ago.
I agree with nycank, as far as I am aware after a certain time the number gets re issued to somebody else. Not sure what the period is though.
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45 days !!!! *&*%%#^$ (That was Hutch recycling policy)
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I remember it being 90 days for most operators. 90 days of no usage, i.e no Call made/received, no Texts/SMS made or received OR under INR 200 recharged every 180 days.
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You should contact customer care number to solve your problem. They will demand new document for your expired sim card and your card will be activated very soon.
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Thanks for all the info. I didnt know of this 45 day requirement . So much for expecting to have a working phone # immediately upon arrival next visit to India!

If it weren't for all of you sharing your experience and knowledge, I'd have been giving out the ph number and then wondering why no one could make phone contact!
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Originally Posted by rebeccam View Post Thanks for all the info. I didnt know of this 45 day requirement . So much for expecting to have a working phone # immediately upon arrival next visit to India!

If it weren't for all of you sharing your experience and knowledge, I'd have been giving out the ph number and then wondering why no one could make phone contact!
45 days was/is Hutch/Vodafone's number recycle policy. You can get phone activated in few hours (temporarily, till application is stamped )
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post 45 days was/is Hutch/Vodafone's number recycle policy. You can get phone activated in few hours (temporarily, till application is stamped )
maybe - search the threads here and on BE.

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