SIM Card on arrival - Mumbai Airport
Starblupanda
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SIM Card on arrival - Mumbai Airport

I've searched the forums and can't seem to find an answer to this question. Any idea if there are SIM cards available for tourists on arrival at Mumbai Airport. I'm willing to pay for the SIM card.

I see Delhi has, but any idea about Mumbai?

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#2
| Clueless

Originally posted by: Starblupanda View Post



I see Delhi has, but any idea about Mumbai?


When are you arriving at BOM ?
#3
| Maha Guru Member

SIM Card on arrival - Mumbai Airport

There are at least three counters for purchasing a SIM card. They are open 24 hours. Airtel is one of them. Take a copy of passport, one photo and the address of hotel. It gets activated in couple of hours.
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Originally posted by: nycank View Post

When are you arriving at BOM ?


We land Oct 23 around 9:40 PM
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Originally posted by: Govindpuri View Post

There are at least three counters for purchasing a SIM card. They are open 24 hours. Airtel is one of them. Take a copy of passport, one photo and the address of hotel. It gets activated in couple of hours.


Perfect, thank you :)
#6
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Would recommend Airtel as the company to go for. Seems to have the best coverage all over India in my experience .
#7
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Great information, what are the pricing for data from Airtel ?

Will the sim card from Airtel work in the phone from europe ?
#8
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Rs. 199, 28 days unlimited calling and 1.4GB/Day
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Thank you, than it is the best way, hope they will sell me sim as I am foreigner.
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Originally posted by: Mahiru View Post

Thank you, than it is the best way, hope they will sell me sim as I am foreigner.


The counters for purchasing a SIM card in Indian airports are mostly used by the foreigners. Why do you think Indians will buy sim card from airport? :D
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Good point :D
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SIM Card on arrival - Mumbai Airport

Sorry to hijack your thread, I’m also interested as I’m quite confused about phones in India.
We don’t travel till March. I was going to buy a sim at the airport, (Will keep Airtel in mind) but was told that it’s not quite that simple and I’d be better to use Trabug who will deliver a phone to our hotel with the correct apps ready to go in India. The travel agency I am using will supply a phone but at US$10 per day, that’s kind of expensive.
What would the drawbacks of selecting a Sim at the airport as opposed to Trabug or the travel agent phone?
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| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: OzCruiser View Post

Sorry to hijack your thread, I’m also interested as I’m quite confused about phones in India.
We don’t travel till March. I was going to buy a sim at the airport, (Will keep Airtel in mind) but was told that it’s not quite that simple and I’d be better to use Trabug who will deliver a phone to our hotel with the correct apps ready to go in India. The travel agency I am using will supply a phone but at US$10 per day, that’s kind of expensive.
What would the drawbacks of selecting a Sim at the airport as opposed to Trabug or the travel agent phone?


The travel agency/agent will be ripping you off.
The SIM from the airport should cost you less than $3 for 28 days .

If you are travelling to BOM or DEL the phone SIM booths are open for 24 hours . Not sure about other airports.

Remember to.carry photocopy of your passport/a photo and a printout with the address of the hotel you are staying .

However it might take a few hours or maybe up to a day for the SIM to be activated .

If you are extremely worried about things going wrong and being unable to get a SIM at the airport, why dont you hire the phone from the agent for a day or two till your Local sim is sorted..
#14
| Maha Guru Member
Also remember that India is not a single region for mobile connections. It is divided into different regions . A SIM purchased in one region goes into Roaming mode when it goes to another region. So if you buy a SIM from DEL and then go to BOM then your phone enters roaming .

The good thing is that all mobile providers including airtel have offers which including roaming /unlimited calls etc with 1GB + data per day (4G in most areas)

The offers vary with the state you buy your SIM from ( for the life of the SIM )

For example I am have been using an airtel Kerala SIM in DEL/Haryana/UP over the past 5 days with no extra charges .

My current offers (Airtel Kerala SIM are below

#15
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I chose the Rs 149 for 28 days plan as I am only in India for 9 days.

If you are in India for.longer than 28days choose the Rs 399 option

The unused data does not.roll over to the next day and if you feel you need more data than 1GB a day go for the Rs 399 option..

If you need additional data It is very cheap in India compared to the west.