How Indian SIM card on arrival works?
Are you arriving in India on e-Visa? If yes, probably you will be able to enjoy a free pre-paid mobile SIM card on arrival. This service was launched in early 2017; and a savvy business traveler must take advantage of this exciting facility. The service first rolled out in IGI Airport Delhi, but visitors will enjoy this facility in 15 other airports in India. Using this service is easy. There are designated counters at the airports where you will be asked for copies of your passport and your e-Visa. Once the e-Visa number is approved, you will receive an SMS that will activate the service accordingly. This free SIM card comes with free talk airtime of Rs.50 and about 50mb worth of data. After activation, the card will be valid for 30 days. If your e-Visa expires first, then this card will also expire. Be sure about your e-Visa expiry so that you are not caught unaware.
After receiving the free SIM card from the airport counter, you will be required to sign a receipt. The documents signed will be a Welcome Kit and Free SIM. This free SIM card for international visitors arriving on e-Visa is provided and supported by BSNL, which is the largest telephone service provider in India. There is also a BSNL App to download and this will make your overall experience even better. As a business traveler, you need to communicate effectively on the go. When traveling to India, this facility will definitely go a long way in providing that seamless connection.
LTE bands in India
If you’re looking to use LTE in India, you’ll need to make sure your phone has the following LTE bands
- Band 3 (1800MHz)
- Band 40 (2300MHz)
- Band 5 (850MHz)
Band 5 is predominantly used by Jio, a recent entrant in the segment that has amassed over 65 million customers in the space of eight months.
Even if you don’t have Band 5 support, you will be able to access LTE from Airtel, Vodafone, and others.
BSNL — the service provider with the free SIM card on arrival — delivers LTE on Band 40 (2300MHz). Coverage varies wildly across states, so if you’re looking for a detailed breakdown of the state of LTE in India, you should take a look at our detailed guide: