Keeping my Airtel prepaid SIM card 'alive' while abroad

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#1 Jan 6th, 2014, 22:13
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I am back in the UK after a visit to India. I had an airtel prepaid SIM card while I was there. My next India visit will only be in a year's time. I want to know how to keep this SIM card 'alive' during this year, so that I can straightaway begin to use it on my next trip and not have to 'reactivate' it in any way after landing. Is this possible? How?
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I want to know how to keep this SIM card 'alive' during this year, so that I can straightaway begin to use it on my next trip and not have to 'reactivate' it in any way after landing. Is this possible?
That would be great if it was possible as I am in a similar position and I have to get a new SIM card every year when I land in India but as far as I know for security reasons the SIM card expires when the VISA expires and I doubt if there is going to be any flexibility regarding keeping your SIM card active for the next visit.
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The rules for keeping a Mobile number active are quite simple. A recharge or topup of atleast INR 200 every 180 days AND a chargeable usage (ie, outgoing call or SMS) atleast every 90 days.

From what I know, most prepaid accounts have International Roaming active, so a call for a few seconds to any number should do the trick.
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Originally Posted by narendra.d View Post The rules for keeping a Mobile number active are quite simple. A recharge or topup of atleast INR 200 every 180 days AND a chargeable usage (ie, outgoing call or SMS) atleast every 90 days.

From what I know, most prepaid accounts have International Roaming active, so a call for a few seconds to any number should do the trick.
Thanks for replying Narendra D, I did check for this but my sim card was not being recognised when I inserted it in my phone once back in the UK.
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There was some discussion on another thread that Sim cards issued to tourists would only remain valid for 90 days or until the purchaser's tourist visa expired - whichever came sooner.
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Originally Posted by Dave W View Post There was some discussion on another thread that Sim cards issued to tourists would only remain valid for 90 days or until the purchaser's tourist visa expired - whichever came sooner.
Yes, this is also my understanding that a SIM card issued to a tourist is valid only upto the Visa expiry date.
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Yes, missed that point about "Tourist SIM's" and their limited validity entirely. Thanks for that.

However, if you have a "normal" SIM that would be issued to a local, the above applies in most cases. However some operators only allow 30 instead of 90 days for "Chargeable usage" and some do not have International Roaming active.
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frankly, I think there are no rules about it. mine has been active for 2 years even tho I don't use it for the 9 months I am in the US with no recharge. I've been getting SIMs every year since 2006 and this is the first time that has happened. as for expiring when my visa expires....then I guess mine will be active until 2020!
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This really has been discussed exhaustively on IM and BE.
Since (?) 2012 sims bought by tourists are valid for 3 months or the length of visa whichever is LESS!
Other sims used to have varied, arcane and unfair rules, but since 2013 they are kept alive by - in order - 1) usage 2) topup 3) deduction of Rs. 20 per month until there is no credit left. There is then a 15 (?) day grace period to re-activate.
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ReCharge amount

How keeping my airtel prepaid sim card alive while abroad?? What is the recharge amount? How can i recharge?
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Originally Posted by sameersha View Post How keeping my airtel prepaid sim card alive while abroad?? What is the recharge amount? How can i recharge?
see #9
- online recharge is available if you have an Indian bank a/c, or their are payment portals that will do it (try Google) but they charge extra.

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Unhappy Unable to use Airtel Sim card in the US

My Airtel prepaid sim card is for some strange reason not working in the US anymore. It used to until my last trip back home. As I wanted the number to remain active, I made an odd call every 3 or so months and recharged everytime I made the call (that was all until my trip to India recently, and now I need to place a call from my phone asap in order for it to remain active).
Now, when I do a network search on my phone, I get networks like AT&T 4G (Forbidden), T-Mobile 3G (Forbidden) and I can't register on any of these networks. Any help is highly appreciated. Let me know if more details are needed.

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It shouldn't be necessary to use your phone - see #9 above.

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Recharge with Amazon

You can recharge with Amazon. I'm going to try that this time. I only used Amazon for my recharges in India this time and it works like a dream. No extra fee.
https://www.amazon.in/hfc/mobileRecharge
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Originally Posted by TigerLilly View Post You can recharge with Amazon. I'm going to try that this time. I only used Amazon for my recharges in India this time and it works like a dream. No extra fee.
https://www.amazon.in/hfc/mobileRecharge
Interesting---you revived a dead thread with potentially very useful information for people living abroad, because amazon.in does take foreign credit cards, and it does accept logins from foreign Amazon accounts.

Note that a topup does NOT count as activity and does not in itself help keep the SIM alive; post #9 is wrong. If you don't use the phone for outgoing calls or SMS for 3 months, Rs 20 per month starts to be deducted until the balance goes below Rs 20, then the SIM is deactivated. But topping up helps you maintain a sufficient balance for the Rs 20/month deduction.
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