Airtel poor security practice against potential sim fraud cases

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My friend upgraded his 3g airtel sim to 4g.As per TRAI instructions,incoming sms service is to be disabled for 24 hours after any such sim upgrade/replacement to prevent sim frauds(no otp so no transaction possible) & my friend also got the same msg from airtel.However just after the new 4g sim activated,my friend started receiving sms within half an hour. He checked & found out he could receive otp from all services incl google,banks,upi apps etc. I have also upgraded an idea sim & couldn’t receive any sms for at least 27-28 hours after the new 4g upgrade sim was activated.

This is a very poor behaviour by airtel in this case.I don’t know if this was a one time case or if airtel regularly does this hence posting here to know more.If airtel indeed does this more often than other providers then it is better to link your bank account to a non-airtel number to reduce chances of any potential fraud.

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I had upgraded my Tata Docomo nos. to Airtel 4G a few months back and SMS service had indeed been blocked for 24 hours.

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..its normal now….my vodafone service resumed in 3 hours….just enjoy life and stop being so critical….

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still_guessing wrote:

..its normal now….my vodafone service resumed in 3 hours….just enjoy life and stop being so critical….

Bhai I also want to enjoy life that is why these things are necessary.Imagine yourself in a sim swap fraud victim shoes then you will realise that a few hours of not getting otp for a single day for much more peace of mind is really worth it. Many of these sim swap frauds occur at night/early morning when people are sleeping exactly because of this reason because you won’t notice that signal from your sim is gone. Of course you will definitely notice loss of sim signal in 24 hours & immediately realise something is wrong.

If what you are saying is true(about vodafone) then it is a sad repetition of callous attitude of Indian companies/institutions regarding security(pnb let a single manager manipulate huge amount worth of entries in their swift system without even a basic reconciliation check resulting in a billion dollar scam,1.3 million Indian banks cards details available in online black market a few days ago & now a nuclear power plant was hacked by North Korean hackers using compromised email of ex-atomic energy commission chairman). pensive

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LIMBO wrote:

I had upgraded my Tata Docomo nos. to Airtel 4G a few months back and SMS service had indeed been blocked for 24 hours.

Did this a few days back and the SMS was blocked. I did get Airtel service SMSs

No idea why OP did get the OTP.

Also Jio doesn’t block any SMS after Sim change. At least they do not do in Kolkata

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guest_999 wrote:

Bhai I also want to enjoy life that is why these things are necessary.Imagine yourself in a sim swap fraud victim shoes then you will realise that a few hours of not getting otp for a single day for much more peace of mind is really worth it. Many of these sim swap frauds occur at night/early morning when people are sleeping exactly because of this reason because you won’t notice that signal from your sim is gone. Of course you will definitely notice loss of sim signal in 24 hours & immediately realise something is wrong.

If what you are saying is true(about vodafone) then it is a sad repetition of callous attitude of Indian companies/institutions regarding security(pnb let a single manager manipulate huge amount worth of entries in their swift system without even a basic reconciliation check resulting in a billion dollar scam,1.3 million Indian banks cards details available in online black market a few days ago & now a nuclear power plant was hacked by North Korean hackers using compromised email of ex-atomic energy commission chairman). pensive

Chill bro…all r same…airtel, voda or jio…wear wt u like and fluant wt u like…cheers

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still_guessing wrote:

Chill bro…all r same…airtel, voda or jio…wear wt u like and fluant wt u like…cheers

I appreciate ur concern n feel good that ur info is up to date…hope to interact more.

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still_guessing wrote:

I appreciate ur concern n feel good that ur info is up to date…hope to interact more.

flushed apne aap ko hi jawaab de rahe ho…. confused
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LIMBO wrote:

I had upgraded my Tata Docomo nos. to Airtel 4G a few months back and SMS service had indeed been blocked for 24 hours.

i have tata docomo sims . if i go to airtel store will they upgrade my sim to airteel 4g? does it need porting or just a sms like airtel 3g to airtel 4g

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shuvamgayen wrote:

i have tata docomo sims . if i go to airtel store will they upgrade my sim to airteel 4g? does it need porting or just a sms like airtel 3g to airtel 4g

just an SMS like Airtel 3G to Airtel 4G

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desiman wrote:
flushed apne aap ko hi jawaab de rahe ho…. confused

Hahaha…sathiya gaya hu…

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I have also upgraded but service was blocked for 24hrs

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