Tourist SIM Card on Arrival

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Does anyone know what time the Airtel booth operates from in Delhi airport?

I haven't booked my flight yet but looking at times, I could be arriving at the airport around 6.00am.

I will be staying in the Paharganj area. Would it be less trouble to hang on at the airport waiting for the booth to open, or to get a sim and prepaid data from my hotel area?
I realise more id is required in the City, but I will have all the photocopies and pictures required on me.

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I think (maybe mistakenly) Airtel kiosk is open 24 hours. I know it is open in wee hours of the night. Do not know about early morning !
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Sorry a bit confused!!
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I know the Airtel booth at Delhi airport is supposed to be open 24/7 but various persons have said that it was closed when they exited the airport.

nycank replied that it was open late at night, but has anyone arrived there early morning 5-6am and found it was open?

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Originally Posted by HowieUK View Post I know the Airtel booth at Delhi airport is supposed to be open 24/7 but various persons have said that it was closed when they exited the airport.

nycank replied that it was open late at night, but has anyone arrived there early morning 5-6am and found it was open?

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Have you tried emailing their customer care? That might help
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I kind of found a workaround to this issue - a certain local telco I was with before allowed the use of local data package overseas on certain carriers; the telco I am now on doesn't allow this but I cheekily wrote an email to them wondering if this could be considered in future - Yeah, 26GB roaming data at no cost!

I must have caused quite a number of LOLs over there, as I recently saw an ad advertising their new unlimited whatsapp on roaming and while data won't be free it is around $10/100mb with Airtel.

Unlimited Whatsapp is actually good enough for my purposes as I'd need to be in touch with guides, drivers and the tour agency's rep throughout my week wandering around Delhi... much of the time alone. Like a lost lamb in a fancy kurta.

I might still go get a local prepaid SIM because I don't intend on bringing just one phone and who knows I might want to make people jealous posting pictures in situ.
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Hi,

as suggested I emailed Airtel's customer services and got this response;

"Dear Customer, Greetings from Airtel! Thank you for writing to airtel. I am unable to process your request since neither your airtel mobile number nor airtel landline number along with the STD Code is mentioned in your email. Please respond with your ten digit airtel mobile number, land line number or DSL id and I would be delighted to assist you.

Badrinath Rajkumar"

So of course not having either, I am still in the dark.
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I emailed Airtel's customer services and got this response;
Dear Customer, I am unable to help you get a telephone number as you do not have a telephone number.

Wonderful. Or... Not, if you actually need information.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Dear Customer, I am unable to help you get a telephone number as you do not have a telephone number.

Wonderful. Or... Not, if you actually need information.
You won't believe what HP Support (based in India) put my contact center through.

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Tourist SIM Card on Arrival

Being here permanently, I don't get that experience. The last time I did, was a rail ticket thing in UK, and (wherever she actually was) when the lady said "hello, my name is Priya," I said, "oh good: I won't have to spell out all the names in my Indian address!"

By the way... Life in India is not actually much like the movies. I suppose that's why people go to them, because they are not much like life! But in sure you know that really!
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I did reply to the first email from Airtel and it seemed to have done the trick but with unfortunate results.
It seems there is no longer a booth at the airport, but I have got a location map from them of Airtel shops.

My second email to Airtel and their response;

Subject: Re: Airtel booth at Delhi airport

Hi,

I wish to purchase an Airtel SIM and Airtel Pre-paid plan at the Airtel booth in the Airport, when I arrive from the UK to India.

I was just enquiring about the opening hours of the Airtel Booth at the Delhi airport, so I can purchase said Airtel SIM and plan for 60 days duration.

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Dear Customer,
Greetings from Airtel!
This is in reference to your email inquiring about airtel store details located in delhi airport.
At the outset, we regret the inconvenience caused to you.
We would like to inform you that, there is no any airtel store available in delhi airport.
For your convenience, we are including Airtel relationship center details URL which will help you to get nearby store http://www.airtel.in/forme/arc/reach-airtel
Thanks for reaching out to us. Delighted to assist you.

Best Regards,
Neeraja Palem
Service specialist
Bharti Airtel Ltd
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Originally Posted by HowieUK View Post I did reply to the first email from Airtel and it seemed to have done the trick but with unfortunate results.
It seems there is no longer a booth at the airport, but I have got a location map from them of Airtel shops.
This must be something in the last few weeks. As of Feb 12th, when I was at the arrivals, it was buzzing with activity.
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post This must be something in the last few weeks. As of Feb 12th, when I was at the arrivals, it was buzzing with activity.
Stranger and stranger!!!!
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I called my contact in the city. She got an answer from the Airport manager who says that the Airport's Airtel kiosk is open 24 hours.

Please do note that Airtel's own retail storefront are afew, and IGI is not one of them; it's managed by a franchisee !

Anyways - You will know it one way or the other when you land. The Airtel Kiosk is at 11 O'clock as you exit the Custom's glass door. It's next to Foreign Exchange booth.

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