SIM card for tourists in Mumbai? At the airport?

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greetings,

I signed up just to reply to this post as I found it helpful getting ready for what to expect in the airport.

As of last night (23 Feb 2018) there was an airtel kiosk among the row of kiosks mostly filled with money changers directly outside of T2 arrivals. The price was not great (2,000R for a 28 day, 2g/day sim card was the cheapest option available), but they quickly and smoothly got me up and running, with activated and working sim before I left the kiosk. I did not have any photos with me to give - they just took one and a photocopy of my passport. Did not even ask me where I was staying in Mumbai.
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Originally Posted by angra View Post greetings,

I signed up just to reply to this post as I found it helpful getting ready for what to expect in the airport.

As of last night (23 Feb 2018) there was an airtel kiosk among the row of kiosks mostly filled with money changers directly outside of T2 arrivals. The price was not great (2,000R for a 28 day, 2g/day sim card was the cheapest option available), but they quickly and smoothly got me up and running, with activated and working sim before I left the kiosk. I did not have any photos with me to give - they just took one and a photocopy of my passport. Did not even ask me where I was staying in Mumbai.
Interesting. Those were not Airtel charges, the seller kept most of the money, but you got some value for your money. Maybe they resold you a SIM registered to someone else, perhaps a tourist who turned it in when leaving the country.

If you're going to pay that much for a SIM, you can also buy one on eBay.
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Originally Posted by angra View Post The price was not great (2,000R for a 28 day, 2g/day sim card was the cheapest option available),
Hope it works outside the circle it is allotted to. There were a few instances where as soon the person crossed the circle the sim card stopped working.

I do agree with RPG the cost is too high.
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Originally Posted by aarosh View Post Hope it works outside the circle it is allotted to. There were a few instances where as soon the person crossed the circle the sim card stopped working.

I do agree with RPG the cost is too high.
I didn't leave Mumbai, so no way to check on that.

Agreed that the price is (too) high, but for my short trip I definitely gained value in having it work immediately, and also not having to spend time figuring out to obtain a photo locally.

I do suspect previous poster may be right that the card is registered to someone else. The Airtel app shows another person's name (that I strongly suspect to be a Japanese national) when I click on the burger menu.

just checked CC and the charger shows up as "shiv shakti corporate"
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Interesting to hear of a success story getting a SIM at the airport ...

My SIM has worked pretty well on 2 & 3 g (my phone is 4g capable, but not in India, different bands) even though package was 4g and 1gb per day was loads.

Even at 700inr for 1gb/day for 70days (or length of my 59 day e-visa) I have been told I paid too much, but it has kept me in contact.

I'm now recieving regular messages to say my SIM will cease to function, shortly after I leave the country, tomorrow.

So, it looks like I'll be doing it all again, when I arrive at Delhi airport (hopefully) in September.

Had a great stay in India ... ,

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Originally Posted by marktrigg View Post Interesting to hear of a success story getting a SIM at the airport ...

I'm now recieving regular messages to say my SIM will cease to function, shortly after I leave the country, tomorrow.

Mark
The SIM cards are only valid as long as your visa. That's why they take photocopies of the visa and programme the SIM accordingly. At least that's what they do, when you buy a SIM from an outlet in town, which in turn hands over the papers to one of the mobile company's branches.

One could re-activate the SIM later, but I found it more hassle than buying a new one.

Even if you were to re-activate the card, any remaining balance will be lost on cut-off day.
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Am heading off to India in a couple of days time ...


Passing through Delhi (during the day) and wondering if anybody can recommend somewhere to get a Jio (or Airtel BSNL ) sim in the airport ??


Thank you  ...



I see the sim for visitors arriving trial, ceased in December (plus some useful recent-ish info)  : https://m.androidcentral.com/traveling-india-heres-how-you-can-pick-local-sim-card

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SIM card ... obtaining one on arrival ??

Please bear in mind this post relates to an arrival at IGI in DELHI .....


Was pleasantly surprised to see a SIM sign at arrivals hall :

In that general direction I found a Vodafone shop, but they would not sell me any sim/package as I could not give a Delhi address (was taking night train to the North).


Airtel shop (near exit from arrivals) offered 80day, 1.5 Gb per day, which they said would work in a couple of hours, for 999 inr .... probably should have taken that and (maybe) had communication on my journey (but what to do, if it does not actually work and you are now fifteen hours from their shop ??).


Arrived in my destination (in HP) : most shops refused to sell me a sim (though I had been told they can be found at 399 inr, 80 days 1.5 Gb etc., plus 200 inr for the sim).


Was being told no, go to bigger town,  show an Aadhar card, etc., etc., ......


Effectively, it seems to me, there are a few different possibilities for the visitor (eg *non Indian*, non Aadhar card holder) :


# 1 ... the Airtel - type scheme I eventually found available in the place I was staying


Should be easily available (but is not) on production of passport & visa details, photo and from outlets of any of the phone providers  (eg Vodafone, Airtel, Jio, Idea, etc.), is totally legal, is linked to expiry date of visa ... currently probably only up to three months max at a time (then start again, even if your visa is for another three months later) & will (I believe) self-stop day after visa-expiry


# 2 ... there definitely are under-the-counter sim around (though visitors may or may not find them easy to get hold of)


Probably of dubious legal status and probably / possibly pre-registered these sim probably have a name (of somebody else) associated with it

#3 ... a friend (or someone) with Aadhar card buys an extra sim and lets you use / keep it

NOTE ... probably worth bearing in mind that in case of both #2 & #3 

if you *are* a terrorist *or* perhaps have an accident and are being traced via this sim, it may mean trouble for the person who helped you obtain the sim or trouble for you if that sim is being sought out (because the previous owner is being tracked)


My sincere apologies for the weighty post ...  


In an ideal world perhaps, on my next visit I would be able to show my new visa & recharge the existing sim, but the reality is I will have to do this all again from scratch on / after arrival in Mumbai in January.


Best wishes & good luck ...

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Trabug Phones

There is a new alternative for visitors to India in need of a working SIM card at a reasonable price for a relatively short stay.
Read this https://www.tripsavvy.com/using-over...-india-3936628
At the bottom is a discussion of "Trabug" service, which does require a $65 refundable deposit. Quote:

... If you're only coming to India for short-term travel, you can avoid all the above hassle by renting a smartphone from Trabug for a set period of time. The phone is delivered for free to your hotel room, and will be waiting there when you arrive. When you've finished with it, it will be picked up from the place you specify, before you leave. The phone comes ready to go with a local pre-paid SIM card that has a voice and data plan, and is powered to provide 4G Internet connection. It also has apps on it, for access to local services and information (for example, booking a cab).

The cost varies depending on the plan you choose. The Mega Plan, with an allowance of 1.2 gigabytes of data a day, costs $2.99 per day plus a $9.99 delivery charge. This is enough to meet the needs of most users. It also gives 120 minutes of free calls within India and five text messages per day. If you require more data, go for the Ultra Plan with 2.50 gigabytes of data a day. You'll also get 250 minutes of free talk time within India and 10 texts. The cost is $3.99 per day plus a $9.99 delivery charge. All incoming calls and text messages are free, even if they're international. Due to Indian government regulations, it's not possible to rent the phone for more than 80 days.
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The Mega Plan, with an allowance of 1.2 gigabytes of data a day, costs $2.99 per day plus a $9.99 delivery charge. This is enough to meet the needs of most users. It also gives 120 minutes of free calls within India and five text messages per day.
I wonder how that company is doing. Retail, that would be single-digit Rs a day, right? for the data, unlimited calls and lots of SMSs. I wonder what the wholesale price is. I wonder what they are paying for the phones and how long they last. That is, I wonder what the real cost is. Don't suppose I'll ever know (maybe nycank could make a good guess) but I suspect there is plenty of room for $3 a day is going to seem cheap to a foreigner.
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