Which mobile company has good cover?

#1 May 9th, 2010, 00:51
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Last year in Delhi I was tricked into getting a Vodaphone SIM card which they said was good for cover in all HP.
I found I had cover almost nowhere.
Please advise the best card to buy with top cover ia all HP.
Thanks so much .
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I am planning for Kinnaur and Spiti mainly in next month and what I got from this forum is that BSNL works in both the areas and Airtel works in Kinnaur. But HP is much more than these 2 districts, so depending on what all places you travel, you may or may not require more than one SIM card.
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Mostly Kinnaur, Mandi, Shimla, Manali area is what I plan . Unless I get hijacked by some other gorgeous valley.
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By the way, Kshil, I suppose you wouldnŽt consider a travel buddy as far as Kinnaur? IŽm alone and a bit lost. See my threads searching for Travel Companions. I hate and fear HP buses and canŽt afford a 4X4 + driver rental on my own. Just point to point, not trying to weigh anybody down or get in the way.
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For those regions .. I'd suggest you go for Airtel. While BSNL has good coverage in Spiti valley, BSNL normally sucks ..

And in the mountains, no body can be sure of the signal. You could be getting good coverage and suddenly, you take a turn and the signals are lost. So it is basically the tower location that determines the coverage.

Last year I was in Kalpa and my Airtel mobile wasn't working there. My brother's Reliance worked .. but he had to stand well outside the hotel room to catch any signal.
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Cinta - can you wait until you get to the area itself? Or are you just going for a short visit? It is always best to see what actually works in the area where you are going to be before you buy your SIM.

Having said that I find Airtel works generally quite broadly even in places where BSNL doesn't (I have both). But I am not sure for areas of HP. I am presently in Uttarakhand, and it works quite well around the hills here, although occasionally will drop out.

Tata and Idea are two others that work in hill regions - in fact my new internet connection is Tata and it works wonderfully.
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Originally Posted by Cinta Alam View Post By the way, Kshil, I suppose you wouldnŽt consider a travel buddy as far as Kinnaur? IŽm alone and a bit lost. See my threads searching for Travel Companions. I hate and fear HP buses and canŽt afford a 4X4 + driver rental on my own. Just point to point, not trying to weigh anybody down or get in the way.
Hi Cinta,

What is your plan in this area? I am starting on 19th June from Chandigarh and would cover Kinnaur/Spiti/Lahaul to end it in Chandigarh on 4th July, but as most of the places my accommodations are pre-booked my itinerary is not much flexible. Have you posted your proposed travel itinerary here, else you can send it in my email kshil@yahoo.com or even PM me.

Cheers!!
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Originally Posted by Aishah View Post Tata and Idea are two others that work in hill regions - in fact my new internet connection is Tata and it works wonderfully.
Are you refering HP or Uttarakhand here? I am planning to carry a datacard with me for HP, thinking what could be best. As I would be covering Lahaul Spiti Kinnaur, don't think I have much option than BSNL or Airtel. (Though Airtel has no coverage in Spiti in seems)
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I would suggest to have atleast two SIM cards..

And above all, RELIANCE CDMA is the India's Best Network,
in their recent coverage programs, they launched network services especially at TOURIST SPOTS..

Being CDMA, it needs Purchase of Hand-set, and it not affordable for a short term Use..

If not possible, Opt for Airtel..
Added advantage is, you can access Internet ON THE GO..
By far Airtel has a good reputation in Indian telecom market.

Next card would be among TATA DOCOMO, or IDEA..
IDEA has superiority over DOCOMO in general..
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Many thanks for all the tips, IMers.
Can I buy these cards almost anywhere in Delhi?
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Originally Posted by kshil View Post Hi Cinta,

What is your plan in this area? I am starting on 19th June from Chandigarh and would cover Kinnaur/Spiti/Lahaul to end it in Chandigarh on 4th July, but as most of the places my accommodations are pre-booked my itinerary is not much flexible. Have you posted your proposed travel itinerary here, else you can send it in my email kshil@yahoo.com or even PM me.

Cheers!!
My plans consist of getting to Shimla beginning June, going to Chindi/Karsog, Banjar Valley and also up Sutlej Valley to Sangla and Kalpa. Then backtrack, not up to Spiti and on.
The order of doing things isnŽt important, so maybe I could coincide with you for the ride up to Kinnaur? IŽll mail you so you can tell me the dates of your itinerary.
I have a long holiday so IŽm very flexible.

Cheers to you!
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Originally Posted by Cinta Alam View Post Many thanks for all the tips, IMers.
Can I buy these cards almost anywhere in Delhi?
If national roaming is free (may be now its free for all plan) in the plan you opt for then from anywhere you can buy, ofcourse from Delhi, though I am not sure what documents you require (at all required or not) to get a SIM.

If it is exclusively for HP use, why not taking it from Shimla, getting it from local place would make your choice simpler, I am sure in Delhi, you would find all operators who might not have a good service in places you are looking for.

Yes once, I get your itinerary and if you don't mind taking some weird route like I would go from Narkanda to Sarahan (not via NH22 that takes 3.5 hours but through Baggi, Sungri route that takes 7 hours but definitely more scenic), we may try to see how it fits in. We would discuss it over email.

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The documents needed for getting a sim card are :- 2-4 Colour passport size photographs, an ID proof (voter id card, passport, pan card, etc) & an address proof.

For more details, see this :- http://www.indiamike.com/india/elect...india-t104887/
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Vic - I wouldn't say Reliance is the best network - it doesn't work at all up here. Wouldn't BSNL have the most coverage? But I think it is difficult for a non-resident to get a BSNL SIM.

If someone knows what actually does work in the areas Cinta intends travelling it would be very useful. Most of these cards are available in Delhi provided you can give the necessary paperwork.

kshil - I am in Uttarakhand, not HP.
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Makes sense to buy SIM in Shimla I do agree, but since IŽll need to make calls as soon as I arrive in Delhi I think IŽll opt for getting an Airtel SIM there. Mostly there seems to be agreement that it works in most of HP, and that will suit me.

Kshil.
I am most definitely be mailing you as to your itinerary and pre-bookings etc. But currently IŽm struggling to finish my huge workload before I can spread my wings and fly away in 2 weeks time!
I hope to be in contact very soon.

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