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General NotesEdit

It is easy to get a prepaid SIM card in India as a foreigner, you just have to make sure you have all the proper documents and they'll probably want photocopies of them too. Documents you'll probably need:

  • Copies of your passport & your passport
  • Passport size photo (probably in color)
  • Copies of your visa & your visa
  • Local government-issued proof of address

The local address proof may or may not be required. Some stores will ask for it, some won't. If you find yourself with a store that insists on it, your only option is to get a local to buy a SIM card for you.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You should make sure you specify to whomever you buy the Sim from that you want "international roaming" activated on your device if you intend to leave the state that you purchase the Sim card in. Otherwise as soon as you leave the Indian state you won't have phone service anymore. Also make sure your device is properly configured for the roaming...my Samsung Galaxy S2 had some problems even though I had roaming activated...my Indian friend had to change a few mobile network settings. (24-March-2012)


The following operators are listed by rank/size as of october 2013.

AirtelEdit

Networks


Coverage

According to locals Airtel has the best coverage. E.g. out in the Kuri Desert near Jaisalmer Airtel was the only option to get connection. 

Startup costEdit

Airtel Sim Card Cost : Rs. 50-100 Rupees, about 1-2 USD, vendors may charge more

Lifetime validity requires a recharge of Rs. 49 which is 1 USD

Data feature packsEdit

3G Prepaid Packs ( as of 02/2014 )
Size Price ( in INR ) Validity
150MB 45 7days
300MB 102 30days
1GB 249 30days
2.5GB 449 30days
4GB 749 30days
10GB 1499 30days

source http://www.airtel.in/Airtel3G/tariff.html

Activation takes 2 hours up to 2 days. 3G activation takes up to 4 hours after intial sim card activation.

Technical detailsEdit

Airtel APN: airtelgprs.com

VodafoneEdit

NetworksEdit

Startup costEdit

Sim Card Cost : Rs. 50-100 Rupees, about 1-2 USD, various vendors may charge whatever they feel like Data feature packs 3G is fastest and most reliable in India based on conversations with locals and personal speedtesting.Plans of 2 GB are for 450 Rs, but they had larger and smaller plans up to 10 GB, I've just forgotten how much they are. You can easily choose when you buy the SIM, and have the vendor buy the data pack for you. 12/2012

Reliance ComEdit

No info at this time.

Idea CellularEdit

No info at this time.

BSNL (Dolphin 3G)Edit

NetworksEdit


Startup CostEdit

49 INR, with 12 INR Talk value

CoverageEdit

Big cities only, full 3G speed

AvailabilityEdit

Passport copy and photo required


Prepaid 3G Data Coupons :

Coupon

3G 50

3G 99

3G 250

3G 450

3G 650 (Revised)

3G 850 (New)

3 G 1099 (New)

3G 1500

3G 1800

MRP (inclusive of Tax) Rs.

50

99

250

450

650

850

1099

1500

1800

Free Data Usage

60MB

130MB

0.5 GB

1 GB

2GB

5 GB

10 GB

15 GB

Unlimited

Talk value Rs.

14/-

4/-

5/-

6/-

7/-

53/- (own net)

62/- (own net)

13/-

11/-

Validity for free data and free video calls

30 days

30 days

30 days

30 days

30 days

30 days

30 days

30 days

30 days

Free Local Video Call (Own N/W) in Minutes.

NIL

Nil

25 min.

50 Min.

75 min.

20 min

50 min.

100 min.

50 min.

http://mtnldelhi.in/dolphin/index.php/3g-prepaid-plans

TaTa DoCoMo / Virgin mobile India / Talk24 (T24)Edit

NetworksEdit

Startup costEdit

Paid rs1000 (probably way above the official rate) for a TATA DoCoMo SIM-card and got it activated immedately here in Kovalam, Kerala. This included some rs24 worth of calling time and 100MB of 'rocket' data (whatever that is).

Data packageEdit

rs255 (official rate) for 1GB of data valid for 30 days. There are also packages with 2 and 3GB of data as far as I can tell.

ActivationEdit

Requires some texting back and forth. The seller helped me out with this. Check the status of your SIM-card with USSD-code *111*1#

SpeedEdit

Speedtest.net app on Galaxy S4 says ping: 128ms, Download: 3,56Mbps and Upload: 0,30Mbps to server in Bangalore.

LinkEdit

http://www.tatadocomo.com/

AircelEdit

NetworksEdit

UninorEdit

No info at this time.

MTS IndiaEdit

No info at this time.

VideoconEdit

No info at this time.

MTNLEdit

No info at this time.

Loop mobileEdit

No info at this time.

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