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Sim card for use in India

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Human.Online    7,729

Hi

 

I'm in the UK and travel a lot.  I take my phone, but my usual routine is to turn Wireless Data off and buy a local PAYG sim card upon arrival, and put it into my 4G Wifi Router.

 

My mum is shortly off to India and I want to get this set up in advance.  I want to buy a sim card, have it delivered here to the UK and get the 4G Wifi Router working in advance - so when she arrives in India, she turns it on, turns her phone's data plan off and we're all golden.

 

Can anyone suggest a network or help at all?

 

TO BE CLEAR: This is not about calling India from England!

 

Thanks

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Human.Online    7,729

Anyone?  Do we have any Indian members who can recommend a network?

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Tuskd    2,074

Hey, Sorry I read your post but later forgot about it. I do not know of any network who can ship the SIM to the UK. I understand the situation with your mother that she cannot go through the hassle of buying a SIM in India.
My suggestion:
1) Vodafone is in India. Try to check if they can provide some good and cheap international plans.

2) If you know any Indian friend/coworker who already has an Indian SIM lying around somewhere, try if you can borrow that. Data plans in India are super cheap. However I must warn you that due to cut throat competition here, any SIM unused for about a month might get deactivated. So check it first.

If she can buy a SIM, you can choose between the 3 biggest carriers "Vodafone Idea", Airtel and Reliance Jio. Plans are similar but Jio has a 4G only network and the others can fall back to 3G.

Hope it helps

To add: People from UK used to call India via Lycamobile since it was the cheapest, check with them if they can offer international roaming plans for India too.

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dipsylalapo    1,482

I've spoken to a few people and it seems that the best thing to do is get a SIM out there :(

 

There are a few companies where you can buy international SIMS but they seem to very expensive (£50 for 1GB), whereas a local Voda SIM you can get 6GB for around £1

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Jason S.    1,405

being from the US, idk how things work in england. That said, i have a so-called "world phone" that supports many of the worlds cell signals (GSM, CDMA, LTE, etc). When i travel internationally i just have to activate my world plan with Verizon and my phone magically works overseas. i dont need a separate SIM card. it's $10/day, and i just use my Verizon plan as usual. Do you have anything like that in england/india?

 

Verizon TravelPass

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dipsylalapo    1,482
4 minutes ago, Jason S. said:

being from the US, idk how things work in england. That said, i have a so-called "world phone" that supports many of the worlds cell signals (GSM, CDMA, LTE, etc). When i travel internationally i just have to activate my world plan with Verizon and my phone magically works overseas. i dont need a separate SIM card. it's $10/day, and i just use my Verizon plan as usual. Do you have anything like that in england/india?

 

Verizon TravelPass

We do have something similar, but to pay $140 for a two week trip is crazy. Buying a SIM locally seems to make way more sense. 

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Jason S.    1,405
32 minutes ago, dipsylalapo said:

We do have something similar, but to pay $140 for a two week trip is crazy. Buying a SIM locally seems to make way more sense. 

the way it works w/ verizon is that you buy a 24hr period for $10. that is, the charge only happens when your phone is activated. if you dont need the service every day then you wont pay. but yes, $140 would be a lot for two weeks.

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dipsylalapo    1,482
2 minutes ago, Jason S. said:

the way it works w/ verizon is that you buy a 24hr period for $10. that is, the charge only happens when your phone is activated. if you dont need the service every day then you wont pay. but yes, $140 would be a lot for two weeks.

Yep agree, stuff like that is useful. 

 

It's annoying when a charge that high is enforced with the same mobile operator just in two different countries. I wouldn't mind a charge, but it's just super high.

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