Keeping my Airtel prepaid SIM card 'alive' while abroad

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#46 Jul 22nd, 2018, 18:34
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Originally Posted by spud View Post Ed, you're right, my sim was given to me (paid for it actually) by my Delhi tour operator on pick up. I told him I wanted one working with no faffing about.

ukdoctor, I've just downloaded that Airtel app, my balance is showing

Need to visit Amazon.in too and try to recharge... and maybe register with Airtel as suggested by nycank.

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The Amazon recharge worked didn't need to enter circle, it did it automatically when I typed my number in.
If you do not have an indian bank account or card be careful of the forex fee on your credit card if using a UK issued card. . Maybe use a no foreign transaction fee card if you have one ?. Another interesting thing is the amazon pay cashback which you get after a top up on amazon.in which can then be used to top up .This again generates cashback in amazon pay and goes on and on
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It's just a HSBC debit card, but I don't think I'll be using it again to recharge I've put enough on the SIM to text myself a couple of times until I go on holiday next year. Then I'll pay for a top up instore in Delhi.

I was browsing the Airtel website trying to find a full list of tariffs, their 'best selection' with the 2GB daily data allowance doesn't do anything for me as I'll be using Google Maps and uploading tons of photos.

Plan 3999 = Rs3999 for 300Gb. That'll do it!

Noticed the rupees I got back from Amazon too
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Originally Posted by spud View Post It's just a HSBC debit card, but I don't think I'll be using it again to recharge I've put enough on the SIM to text myself a couple of times until I go on holiday next year. Then I'll pay for a top up instore in Delhi.

I was browsing the Airtel website trying to find a full list of tariffs, their 'best selection' with the 2GB daily data allowance doesn't do anything for me as I'll be using Google Maps and uploading tons of photos.

Plan 3999 = Rs3999 for 300Gb. That'll do it!

Noticed the rupees I got back from Amazon too
The airtel app seems to have better offers than the website. The offers also used to be 'circle' specific. For example Mrs.ukdoctor with Delhi NCR Airtel SIM used to get different offers to me (mine is an Airtel Kerala SIM)

Not sure if this is still the case as her sim is inactive now.

Whatever you do make sure that you sign up to something that does not autorenew..

Another thing which I noticed is that Airtel deducts a certain fee per month ( at least it did it for me ) as soon as it detects that I have left India and started roaming.

So I make my SIM inactive ( possible on a dual sim phone ) and only activate it when I next have to text/call to keep the SiM alive . (5 months or so later )


I don't know if you have used Paytm before but it is a great way to do payments without exposing your credit card.
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Originally Posted by ukdoctor View Post The airtel app seems to have better offers than the website. The offers also used to be 'circle' specific. For example Mrs.ukdoctor with Delhi NCR Airtel SIM used to get different offers to me (mine is an Airtel Kerala SIM)

Another thing which I noticed is that Airtel deducts a certain fee per month ( at least it did it for me ) as soon as it detects that I have left India and started roaming.

So I make my SIM inactive ( possible on a dual sim phone ) and only activate it when I next have to text/call to keep the SiM alive . (5 months or so later )
On airtel.in, once you plug in your number, it will present to you, plans for your circle/where you got your SIM. I doubt there much difference between many of the popular AYE (All you can eat) plans.

As to Airtel deducting every month, this is what I note from my SIM; No monthly deduction.

It however sends me an SMS when I cross international boundaries. Typically it will send two SMSs. First, Welcome to France... etc. Second options for IR packs.

If you send, say an SMS in June, Airtel will ding you ₹ 99 that month, irrespective for which country you send it from.
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post On airtel.in, once you plug in your number, it will present to you, plans for your circle/where you got your SIM. I doubt there much difference between many of the popular AYE (All you can eat) plans.

As to Airtel deducting every month, this is what I note from my SIM; No monthly deduction.

It however sends me an SMS when I cross international boundaries. Typically it will send two SMSs. First, Welcome to France... etc. Second options for IR packs.

If you send, say an SMS in June, Airtel will ding you ₹ 99 that month, irrespective for which country you send it from.
I think the offers on the app are different. For example.i have an Offer for 5GB data valid for 28 days for Rs 98.

Mrs.ukdoctors app gives only 3GB data for the same amount
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What was this monthly deduction that some people say they were experiencing (with Airtel), just ₹20? I can cope with that until next year if that starts to happen but I don't think it has. I did think the ₹99 for one txt was a bit steep, (EE only charge 55p for a txt to India).
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I guess your Airtel text was charged at a "roaming text" cost?

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Originally Posted by spud View Post What was this monthly deduction that some people say they were experiencing (with Airtel), just ₹20? I can cope with that until next year if that starts to happen but I don't think it has. I did think the ₹99 for one txt was a bit steep, (EE only charge 55p for a txt to India).
There is no monthly ₹20 deduction for my Airtel number. Every few months I send an SMS to India, and it dings me ₹99. When I land in a new country, It sends me a welcome message, till I yank it off and insert a local SIM.

Again YMMV.
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Originally Posted by spud View Post What was this monthly deduction that some people say they were experiencing (with Airtel), just ₹20? I can cope with that until next year if that starts to happen but I don't think it has. I did think the ₹99 for one txt was a bit steep, (EE only charge 55p for a txt to India).
Yes, it's Rs 20/month after 3 months of inactivity. Just leave a sufficient balance for this, e.g. Rs 200 if visiting once a year.

The Rs 99 thing isn't reliable. In my case Airtel started to charge Rs 99 "roaming rental" every month, whether the phone was used or not, as soon as the phone made contact with a foreign cell and until it made contact with an Indian cell again. This was several years ago. That practice may have changed, or there may be different settings for different accounts; but I am not risking that again. I only activate the Airtel SIM (in my 2nd SIM slot) when the plane is over Indian airspace.
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Originally Posted by ukdoctor View Post I think the offers on the app are different. For example.i have an Offer for 5GB data valid for 28 days for Rs 98.

Mrs.ukdoctors app gives only 3GB data for the same amount
Right now a 2GB difference is moot, because one can get 1GB per day or more, plus unlimited phone calls and 100 SMS/day, for only a little more money.
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Originally Posted by ukdoctor View Post Amazon.in is allowing top up payments again.You do not need a new amazon account. I was able to sign onto amazon.in with my uk account details..
I thought I saw a link on the top page of amazon.in, now I don't see it It also switches to amazon.com.sg
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I know you asked specifically about prepaid, and Airtel. Well, for what it's worth, here's my two cents. I have a Vodafone postpaid with a pretty basic plan and i don't mind paying the 60-odd Rs it charges me every month to keep the plan active. It's not a bad price, really. I carry the SIM with me but when I'm not in India I just take it out of my phone or keep it inactive. The fact that it's postpaid also means that I don't have to remember to make calls or send messages every few months in order to keep the number on. The monthly fee ensures it.
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post I thought I saw a link on the top page of amazon.in, now I don't see it It also switches to amazon.com.sg
Did you try to log on to amazon.in

Once you login go to Category> Recharges and bill payments>Prepaid mobile recharge..

For some weird reason it does not come up on a simple search on amazon.in
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Originally Posted by ukdoctor View Post
For some weird reason it does not come up on a simple search on amazon.in
Found it.

Here is the direct link

https://www.amazon.in/hfc/mobileRecharge
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