2.) AFTER 90 DAYS OUTSIDE OF INDIA 20Rs/30DAYS WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY CHARGED TO YOUR PREPAID ACCOUNT TO KEEP YOUR CARD ACTIVE. 8 months, your SIM card will get charged 100 (or 120) Rs.
during those 8 months (provided you used the card on the last day of your stay in India for a call/sms/data).
I would like to summarize the SIM card tips for our readers: 1.) REMOVE YOUR INDIAN SIM CARD FROM YOUR PHONE AFTER YOUR PLANE TOOK OFF AND LEFT INDIAN SOIL.
With the hassles, costs, uncertainties, and time delays of getting new SIM cards activated in India for foreigners, it now makes more sense than ever for the regular India visitor to keep SIM cards active while abroad.
Airtel has launched online self care service for prepaid mobile customers for the first time in India.
The old "six month rule" was being abused by the carriers (SIMs with large balances were being deactivated) so the government has imposed new rules. 200 on the phone and it will remain active for 2 10=12 months. Warning: a balance information request (*141# for Vodafone) while on international roaming is not free but cuts deep into your balance. A text message from an Indian SIM card to a German mobile phone costs Rs 15, less than the Rs 20 they deduct every month for no usage.
(Actually not so new, they were put in place last year.) SIMs that are not being used at all can be deactivated after 2 months if the balance is below Rs. That's how I am keeping my SIM card alive and kicking.