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May 14th, 2013, 05:50 PM
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Cell Phones in India

I need to figure out a cell phone in India. I will be alone for part of my trip and need to hook up with a colleague. My crappy phone will not work there. Can I buy one? Can I rent one? In Japan you can buy them at the airport. Help. The clock is ticking....my itinerary keeps shifting and I leave in a week.
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May 14th, 2013, 06:18 PM
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There are phone stores everywhere. You can buy yourself another crappy phone as I did and a local sim. Some sims are for India only and some can call anywhere, all are inexpensive. I bought the phone on one of several trips to India and it's been my travel phone with the addition of local sims everywhere I've gone in the world since. Mine is a very simple Nokia. There were cheaper ones but this one was inexpensive enough and has served me well.
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May 14th, 2013, 07:43 PM
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Buy one there. Take along 2 visa size photos, and plan on it taking about 30-45 minutes to have the papers processed. I recommend that you buy from one of the official phone stores rather than a little vendor. Once you have the phone it will work virtually everywhere as India has good coverage. You can "top up" by phone if you run out of minutes.
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May 15th, 2013, 09:46 PM
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You can easily buy one and there are electronic stores in most of the major airports in India.
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May 15th, 2013, 10:04 PM
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Prianka--Thanks for your reply. Good to know we can buy a phone at the airport also.
Could you tell approximately how much it would cost--The phone and the Sim card. I realize there are many models and makes, but a rough idea would be really helpful.
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May 15th, 2013, 10:24 PM
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A basic phone would cost you around INR1200 (USD 22). A prepaid SIM should be suitable for you and you can keep recharging it with more money depending on the usage. Purchasing the SIM along with a first recharge may cost you around Rs.350 (approx USD 6) but it all depends on how much talk time you want on your phone. Please do carry your passport size photos and a passport copy when you go to buy the SIM. Have a good trip!
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May 19th, 2013, 05:54 AM
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Emmagus - if you are staying at The Oberoi or Four Seasons in Mumbai - the concierge can organise a no-nonsesnse phone along with a pre-paid sim card for you.... You can't go wrong with a vodafone India or an Airtel prepaid connection...

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May 19th, 2013, 06:51 AM
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Hmmmm. We have a trip to India in Oct. with a stop in Bangkok on the way back. Can I get a cheapo phone in India that will also work in Bangkok?
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May 19th, 2013, 09:20 AM
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The least expensive way is a local sim in each country. So, yes, the phone will work, buy an additonal sim in Bangkok if your stop there is long enough to bother.
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May 19th, 2013, 10:04 AM
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It's a week.
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May 19th, 2013, 10:58 AM
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I wouldn't bother for a week but it's a personal decision, entirely up to you.
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May 19th, 2013, 11:49 AM
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Of course it's up to me.
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May 19th, 2013, 12:55 PM
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I guess I mistook a comment for a question. I'll try to do better in future.
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May 19th, 2013, 04:07 PM
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Thank you. No problem.
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May 24th, 2013, 01:57 AM
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you are really doing a good job through this forum.
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May 24th, 2013, 09:40 PM
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I wonder if we'll ever find out if emma read our tips?
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