Cell Phones in India - How to use your foreign cell phone

in India

Don't assume that your United States cell phone will work in India. Unless your phone has the capability to work on the frequency on which Indian phone companies transmit, you US or European phone will not work in India. All cell phones use radio waves to transmit conversations between telephone users. Similar to for example radio stations. You can hear a particular radio station only if you tune in to the exact frequency it is transmitting on. The same goes for cell phones. While you do not manually change frequencies on your cell phone, they are preprogrammed to work on certain frequencies.

Cell phone frequencies used in India

Their are five frequencies used today by most cell phone companies around the world. They are: 800   MHz 850   MHz 900   MHz 800   MHz 1900 MHz

Sim Card for India

To use your foreign phone in India, if it is capable of handling the Indian frequencies you will have to buy a Sim card in India. Sim cards are available at just about every major corner in the larger cities. Due to increased terrorism concerns their has been a check on the issuance of Sim cards in India. Unless proper Identification is provide it is no longer possible to buy a Sim card in India.

Using your foreign cell phone in India

You can buy a cell phone today that can work on only one, two, three or four frequencies. When shopping for a cell phone you will often be told that a particular cell phone is dual band, tri band or quad band. A dual band phone is capable of working on two frequencies, a tri-band will work on three and a quad band will be capable of working on four different frequencies.  Usually these phones are capable of auto detecting the frequency so no manual setting is required from the cell phone users. Quad band phones are also referred to as world phones. When buying a cell phone abroad make sure that the phone you are buying is capable of working on 900 MHz as this is the frequency used by most cell phone companies in India. Don't get taken in by salesmen who tell you that 850 MHz will work in India. It should be 900 MHz.

Indian Telephone Sim Cards

The cost of a telephone Sim card in India is currently only around Rupees 100/- Many companies discount this and even offer Sim cards free to get customers to use their services. When selecting a Sim card, opt for one that has wide coverage in the area you expect to stay the bulk of the time. For instance, if you expect to stay in the State of Maharashtra, Sim card of Idea company has pretty good coverage.

Visitors to India - Sim Card Talk Time

Those who are visiting India, should not add too much talk time to their cell phones, the reason is, that once your telephone is not used for a period of six months, the Sim is automatically canceled. So if you are thinking of returning abroad with a Sim card from India, keep this in time. Unless used, it will be canceled. More information on buying Sim cards for foreign phones in India is available at http://nriinformation.com/articles/sim_card_india.htm
Disclaimer: Information provided is for general knowledge only and should not be deemed to be professional advice. For professional advice kindly consult a professional accountant, immigration advisor or the Indian consulate. Rules and regulations do change from time to time. Please note that in case of any variation between what has been stated on this website and the relevant Act, Rules, Regulations, Policy Statements etc. the latter shall prevail. © Copyright 2006 Nriinformation.com
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Cell Phones in India - How to use

your foreign cell phone in India

Don't assume that your United States cell phone will work in India. Unless your phone has the capability to work on the frequency on which Indian phone companies transmit, you US or European phone will not work in India. All cell phones use radio waves to transmit conversations between telephone users. Similar to for example radio stations. You can hear a particular radio station only if you tune in to the exact frequency it is transmitting on. The same goes for cell phones. While you do not manually change frequencies on your cell phone, they are preprogrammed to work on certain frequencies.

Cell phone frequencies used in

India

Their are five frequencies used today by most cell phone companies around the world. They are: 800   MHz 850   MHz 900   MHz 800   MHz 1900 MHz

Sim Card for India

To use your foreign phone in India, if it is capable of handling the Indian frequencies you will have to buy a Sim card in India. Sim cards are available at just about every major corner in the larger cities. Due to increased terrorism concerns their has been a check on the issuance of Sim cards in India. Unless proper Identification is provide it is no longer possible to buy a Sim card in India.

Using your foreign cell phone in

India

You can buy a cell phone today that can work on only one, two, three or four frequencies. When shopping for a cell phone you will often be told that a particular cell phone is dual band, tri band or quad band. A dual band phone is capable of working on two frequencies, a tri-band will work on three and a quad band will be capable of working on four different frequencies.  Usually these phones are capable of auto detecting the frequency so no manual setting is required from the cell phone users. Quad band phones are also referred to as world phones. When buying a cell phone abroad make sure that the phone you are buying is capable of working on 900 MHz as this is the frequency used by most cell phone companies in India. Don't get taken in by salesmen who tell you that 850 MHz will work in India. It should be 900 MHz.

Indian Telephone Sim Cards

The cost of a telephone Sim card in India is currently only around Rupees 100/- Many companies discount this and even offer Sim cards free to get customers to use their services. When selecting a Sim card, opt for one that has wide coverage in the area you expect to stay the bulk of the time. For instance, if you expect to stay in the State of Maharashtra, Sim card of Idea company has pretty good coverage.

Visitors to India - Sim Card Talk

Time

Those who are visiting India, should not add too much talk time to their cell phones, the reason is, that once your telephone is not used for a period of six months, the Sim is automatically canceled. So if you are thinking of returning abroad with a Sim card from India, keep this in time. Unless used, it will be canceled. More information on buying Sim cards for foreign phones in India is available at  http://nriinformation.com/articles/sim_card_indi a.htm
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Disclaimer: Information provided is for general knowledge only and should not be deemed to be professional advice. For professional advice kindly consult a professional accountant, immigration advisor or the Indian consulate. Rules and regulations do change from time to time. Please note that in case of any variation between what has been stated on this website and the relevant Act, Rules, Regulations, Policy Statements etc. the latter shall prevail. © Copyright 2006 Nriinformation.com
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