Sim for wifi in India

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Overseas Holidays & Travel Planning
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Does anyone know if I can get a sim for wifi in India? We are flying into Delhi.

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  • BallardBallard Forumite
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    I presume that you mean 3/4g rather than wifi.

    I briefly looked into this a few months ago but it seemed a lot more trouble than it was worth for the fortnight that I was there. From what I could see it involved filling out several forms and providing multiple documents.

    I can only speak for West Bengal where I found wifi available in enough restaurants and hotels to get by. It's worth noting that they pronounce it 'Whiffy'.
    I hate verisimilitude.
  • ArchergirlArchergirl Forumite
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    Thanks, that's what I meant and that's what I have also heard so I think I will also just use the hotels etc.
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    Yes: getting a local SIM in India is a prolonged bureaucratic process that can take as long as three weeks. And even once you have got the thing, they can take a good few days to activate it.

    Pity that roaming charges are outrageous...

    The other option is to buy a SIM that is already registered to someone and working. Doing so is of course illegal, and there is a risk that the SIM might stop working at any point. However, this solution has worked well for several of my friends. Many small shopkeepers can sell you a working SIM>
  • ArchergirlArchergirl Forumite
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    Ok maybe I will ask our guide, but it seems too much trouble.........
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    Archergirl wrote: »
    Ok maybe I will ask our guide, but it seems too much trouble.........

    Your guide may well know someone who can sell an active SIM.

    And in India, nothing is too much trouble so long as you can pay for it.
  • CarmenCarmen Forumite
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    Yes: getting a local SIM in India is a prolonged bureaucratic process that can take as long as three weeks. And even once you have got the thing, they can take a good few days to activate it.

    Pity that roaming charges are outrageous...

    The other option is to buy a SIM that is already registered to someone and working. Doing so is of course illegal, and there is a risk that the SIM might stop working at any point. However, this solution has worked well for several of my friends. Many small shopkeepers can sell you a working SIM>

    As suggested your local guide could help, if he remains with you during your stay then any problems withthe sim he will solve.

    A friend obtained mine for me, calls to the UK were very cheap.

    Remember to haggle :rotfl:

    C
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