How to buy a sim card in India if you are a foreigner or an Indian.

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Mobile phone is a very essential gadget in our day today life but it is not of much use without a tiny sim card that connects it with the network and you with the world. However it is very easy to get a Sim card in India as far as you have proper documents for it. Here we will guide you how to buy a sim card in India for both Indians and Non Indian citizens.

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How to buy a SIM card in India – If you are an Indian

For those who are citizens of India, the process of getting a new SIM card is very easy.

 If you have an Aadhaar card;

  • If you have your Aadhaar card with you then you just need that with a photocopy of it which can be downloaded and printed from mAadhaar app or can be manually printed from any shop. So Go to any telecom operator’s Store with your Aadhaar card and a copy of it.
  • Then the personnel at the store will enter your Aadhaar card details where ever necessary and will ask you for your finger prints to authenticate your identity.
  • That’s all ,the personnel at the store will give you the new physical sim card which will be activated immediately or within 48 hours depending on the telecom company.

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 If you don’t have an Aadhaar card;

If you don’t have the Aadhaar card ,the process to get a new sim card can be little uncomfortable as you may require many other documents or even you may get refused to get a one. So here are the documents you will need to get a new sim without Aadhaar card.

  • You have to provide your Address proof with photocopies such as a rent agreement, electricity bill, etc.
  • Photo identity proof like your driving licence, passport, voter ID (Any one of them) with photocopies.
  • Your two recent Photographs which should be of passport size.

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How to buy a SIM card in India–If you are an foreigner.

If you are not a citizen of Indian and visited the country and require a sim card then the process is slightly different from that for an Indian citizen. We have visited a few stores to find out what is the process and what are documents a foreign citizen will need to buy a sim card in India. You have to visit the nearest store of any telecom operator like Vodafone, Airtel, or Reliance Jio whichever you feel the best to buy with the documents listed below:

For a prepaid connection

  • Your Passport with a photocopy of it.
  • Photocopy of your visa
  • Your recent Passport-sized photographs ( You will only require single photograph, but in some regions depending upon the telecom operator you might require four photographs ,So We recommend you to take at least four photos with you.)

For a postpaid connections

The process for getting a postpaid connection will require you to carry few more documents along with all the above and it varies from carrier to carrier. With these documents we would recommend you to take Indian national with you who can vouch for you to the store, just to be on the safe side.

  • Your Passport with a photocopy of it.
  • Photocopy of your visa
  • Your recent Passport-sized photographs ( You will only require single photograph, but in some regions depending upon the telecom operator you might require four photographs ,So We recommend you to take at least four photos with you.)
  • Local reference details.
  • Local Address proof.
  • The local details means that you have to give the details of any Indian citizen which might be your friend or a relative and his/her address proof such as electricity bill or a rent agreement.

For the postpaid connections, a representative from your Telecomm operator might visit to your local address(the which you have provided at the time of verification) within a week of issuing the SIM card.

That’s all you need to get a sim card in India, After all the verifications, your sim card will be activated within few hours or a few days that again depends on the telecomm operator.

AND OF COURSE  YOU WILL REQUIRE FEW BUCKS TO BUY A SIM CARD AND TO RECHARGE IT , FOR USING IT FOR CALLS AND DATA AND THAT AGAIN DEPENDS OF THE DIFFERENT PLANS OF DIFFERENT OPERATORS.

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