Buying a Prepaid SIM card in India as a foreigner
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Buying a Prepaid SIM card in India as a foreigner

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Buying a Prepaid SIM card in India as a foreigner

The experience of buying a prepaid SIM card in India as a tourist can range anywhere from a breeze to an obstacle course. However, if you come prepared with all the required documentation, there's no reason why it should be too troublesome. So, to make buying a prepaid SIM card easy, follow these simple pointers. ... read more »

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| Lost in translation
#3
| Loud Noisy Bird
If the average British teenage mobile user went to the shop to buy a £5.00 top-up card only to find that they only got £4.50 worth of calls because 50p was 'service charge' --- I hate to think where the card would get stuck :ranting:

Service charge Bah! :mad:
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| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: Nick-HIf the average British teenage mobile user went to the shop to buy a £5.00 top-up card only to find that they only got £4.50 worth of calls because 50p was 'service charge' --- I hate to think where the card would get stuck :ranting:

Service charge Bah! :mad:



If the average Indian teenage mobile user went to a shop to buy a RS300 top up to make a call to Europe and found that it cost them more than RS80 a minute to call Europe, I hate to think where the card would get stuck. [cry]

OK they have service charges but call charges are very low and like on Cell One you can always buy a RS 3000 top up and not have any money deducted in service charges. :D
#5
| Dennis & Graeme

Sim cards are a hassle in India

Firstly even with a passport we were unable to purchase the card of our choice,and were limited to only several lesser brands.

Secondly,our sim cards were only good for the state you buy them in.
Thirdly, we keep receiving continual Spam texts, mostly from the card companies.
Over all, the whole sim card thing in India was a a pain it the butt, quite different to say, Indonesia, or Malaysia where it is cheap, simple and uncomplicated.
Wizemen2
#6
| Clueless
Use skype :) Carry skype in your USB Keychain JumpDrive.
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| Member

Difficulty getting SIM card

I will be in Nagpur for the next 4-6 months and am also having difficulty getting a SIM card. Shopkeepers have asked that I provide proof of address, but when I ask the hotel where I am staying to do this, they aren't willing. All this seems really silly. Does anybody know why a foreigner can't simply walk into a store and buy a prepaid sim card? If I were going to be billed later, I could understand requiring proof of residency, but this is prepaid. What gives? Any suggestions from anybody on how to get this done?
#8
| Joolay !!!
Anyone know which is the best provider in Goa? I;m going to be there for 5 months. Hutch have been recommended to me in the past. Anyone know if they're good?

Also, I've got an unlocked phone with a British SIM card in it right now.

I haven't bought an Indian SIM yet as I've been moving between states a lot - from what Martina says above is waiting until I get to Goa to buy my SIM the best idea?

Cheers. :)
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#9
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hello,
yes, I´d say that the right thing is to buy a SIM card when you stay in a state for a while.
my last info was in 2005 - but I think it´s very unlikely that things have changed since then... :o)

bye
martina

sorry,
forgot: Airtel was quite good in Goa, I think.
don´t know for the others.

greet the beaches from me... ENVY!!!

bye
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to cullepm3

hi,
I think I just gave my home address in Germany, and they didn´t care...
they just took a copy from my passport. but it´s easier to bring the copy with you, otherwise you might wait for half an hour till they sent someone to take a copy, and they will disappear with your passport... they will come back for sure (or at least they did all the time with me), but you might think they won´t ... :o)

bye
martina
#11
| Joolay !!!
I thought that was the case, Martina.

Very helpful, thanks.
Out There Somewhere : My Travel Blog.
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| Senior Member

Originally posted by: cullepm3 View Post

I will be in Nagpur for the next 4-6 months and am also having difficulty getting a SIM card. Shopkeepers have asked that I provide proof of address, but when I ask the hotel where I am staying to do this, they aren't willing. All this seems really silly. Does anybody know why a foreigner can't simply walk into a store and buy a prepaid sim card? If I were going to be billed later, I could understand requiring proof of residency, but this is prepaid. What gives? Any suggestions from anybody on how to get this done?


SIM cards have been misused by terrorist organizations in India. Address and ID proof are thus necessary to obtain a SIM card. It is the service provider's responsibility to verify the details and only then activiate the SIM.
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| Member
Can I use my GSM phone in india?
#14
| Member
I have a cell phone with an open line I bought in Asia. I'm planning to buy a sim card when I get to India. I do have a few questions.

If I buy a sim card from down south, in Bangalore, I understand that if I call anywhere in Bangalore it is considered a local call and I don't have to type the area code prefix prior to dialing. What if I took a plane all the way up north to Delhi. Do I have to do anything special to the phone since I bought the sim from Bangalore? If I call any place in Delhi, is it consider a local call? What if I call from Delhi to Bangalore?

How much is the Airtel SIM card going for these days?
#15
| In charge, navel affairs
From an Indian sim card


1. to call any city landline number: (std code with zero)+number

The std code for eg mumbai is O22
so, for a number 22222222

you will dial 022 22222222 from any city in India

2. to call a mobile phone in the home network or in the city you are in (where the sim card is bought) simply dial the mobile number.

So, in Delhi you will dial any local mobile number direct even though you bought the card elsewhere.

And you will dial 011+Delhi landline number (011 is Delhi code)


3. To call a mobile phone outside home network add a '0' in the beginning.


Costs of sim cards may vary depending on the schemes on offer; it may be a maximum of a few hundred rupees.

Charges vary. You may be charged a roaming charge plus call charges outside your home network. Browse this forum for more information. Basically you are paying extra if you use the phone anywhere out of the home network, and you may be also paying long distance charges.

But, my suggestion would be forget the charges.. it isnt expensive.. and just buy a simcard (from a national provider like Airtel or MTNL or BSNL) where you intend to use it the most. Thats usually cheapest.
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