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In Get Connected by Keir Briscoe March 19, 61 Comments Some articles on this site contain affiliate links, meaning we may be compensated if you purchase a product or service after clicking on them. Read our full disclosure policy here. When I was growing up, I imagined India as an exotic land filled with tigers, elephants, and monkeys.
India is by far the cheapest country I have ever traveled in, but its also one of the toughest. This goes for the SIM card market as well.
Prices are cheap, but to get one involves an awful lot of bureaucracy. The Indian government trialed a scheme in that made it easy for tourists to buy SIM cards at international airports, but sadly it seems to have been discontinued. Companies Consider Vodafone, Airtel and! There are several major service providers in India, although mergers, acquisitions, and bankruptcies have changed the market situation significantly in recent years.
The top three for market share and network coverage are: Each circle roughly covers each state. Local and long distance service, run both privately and by the government, operate independently within each circle. There is immense competition, and prices for calls in India are some of the lowest in the world.
It also means there are literally thousands of possible combinations of service and costs. Location will determine which provider is best. Everyone I met was using one of the three networks above. I ended up using both Airtel and!
I had two very different experiences buying each of my SIM cards, and very different network speeds based on my location.
To help decide which provider may be best, Sensorly uses crowd-sourced data to display connection speed and availability. All listed networks offer both prepaid and postpaid, and none do contracts.
Prepaid is best unless you have an extended stay. A tourist SIM is only valid for three months, and the postpaid plans require a three month commitment to start with. Postpaid is slightly cheaper than prepaid, but the savings are insignificant in the real world.
Companies offer free calls within their own network and area code. So if you have friends in India within your area code, it may be a good idea to purchase a SIM from the same network as them.
Standard SIM cards are disabled after three months of inactivity, but cards for tourists expire after three months regardless. All I can add to that is: I ended up buying cards from two of the major networks, Airtel and!
It had more to do with where I bought the card, and not so much about which network I chose. Neither cards nor top ups are sold at Indian airports. I passed through eight of them, and none sold SIM cards.
The sales person who talked to me flatly refused to sell me a card, saying I needed to have a local resident buy it for me. Fortunately I was staying in Vadodara with a local Indian friend who was willing to help out.
To activate the card, the provider sent a pin code by SMS to my phone. From this point the SIM was active with data in 30 minutes. In Goa I went to a local licensed store that sold cards and top-ups, acted as a travel agent, and sold gasoline out of 1 litre water bottles.
The store in Goa where I purchased my! Gasoline in water bottles not shown. I had to supply my passport, an extra passport sized photo and the name of the hostel where I was staying.
I waited 48 hours for the SIM to be active. Once the waiting period was up I returned to the store, they called a number using their phone, and within 20 minutes my card was active on their network. One thing to watch for with smaller stores is being sold a SIM that is already active.TheINQUIRER publishes daily news, reviews on the latest gadgets and devices, and INQdepth articles for tech buffs and hobbyists.
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