Thursday, July 14, 2011

Travel Info: How to get a pre-paid SIM Card in India

I was trying to find out info about this and somehow couldn't find any one site that spelled it out clearly, so I am doing this here. Roaming charges are freaking insane, so if you want to really save on that this is what you do:

Pre-Requisites :
1. Signed letter from your hotel confirming that you are staying there.
2. A passport-sized photograph
3. Details of a local contact in India (Address, Full Name and Contact No.)
4. Photocopies of your Indian Visa and your Passport (the page with all your details)

I only had the first one when I went to the Airtel centre as I didn't know any better. Ended up making 2 additional trips, one to get a copy of my passport and the other to find a photo studio.

That's it. I used Airtel since that was what the hotel recommended, got a cab to drive me to the nearest centre and got it done, you will get your SIM card immediately. It includes data plan as well. I paid around 750 Rupees in total for 650 MB of data and a minimal voice plan thrown in.

The SIM card I got is valid for a year without usage.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Alone I roam (around my room)

In Crowne Plaza Bengaluru all alone.
Far away from the place that I call home.
Came here for a presentation to a civil institution
Found out it was cancelled, where is my restitution?
Been 2 days in the hotel, nowhere to go to.
Roamed around my room , nothing much else to do.
Went to get a local SIM card, the entire process was hell.
Took me 2 hours, no more insane roaming charges thanks to Airtel.
Gonna try get an earlier flight back to Singapore to be with my homies
So I can watch with them Game of Thrones on Fri night , it ain't a party without me.
Calling SQ now , Bangalore office
Wish me luck, peace.