Best Mobile Plan for Keeping Indian Mobile Number Alive

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Hi All Dimers,

Happy New Year!

I left India for work 3.5 years ago and moved to Australia. I’m a Vodafone postpaid customer (Mumbai circle) and I’m on some billing plan which is not even offered anymore (450 p.m. and allowing 600 mins and 2GB data flushed … Keep in mind that this was pre Jio and VF had no reason to be competitive at that time).

I’ll be visiting India later this month and I was thinking of converting this plan firstly to prepaid and then looking for options within prepaid. My main requirements are:

  • Receive incoming SMS OTP’s on international roaming (and so putting this number as dormant is not an option)
  • Allow top up online – I don’t foresee coming back to India at least for 2-3 years after this trip so online top-up recharge is a must

So far the best one from my research seems to be the 1499 plan for 365 days validity (https://vodafone.in/prepaid/best-prepaid...ns# – last one on that page). The only thing I care about is being able to receive incoming SMS on international roaming for which Vodafone has been working great so far. I’ve heard Jio has has problems in this area.

Also open to porting to another provider if a better offer exists.

Thanks guys!

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I am using airtel in kuwait. For otp you just need a validity in your sim. For calling Airtel 445rs with free 75 min roaming for 3 month is best

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Thanks.

That works out to 445*4 = 1780 per year. Don’t really care about roaming.

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If you just want to keep your sim alive, recharge it with Rs 49 plan every 28 days.

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Just Recharge With Validity Pack Every 28 Days And You Will Able To Get Sms In Australia

BTW @boogeyman Vodafone Is Launching 5G In Australia Soon. Do Post Your Reviews About Speed/Network Of Vodafone. 😆
Hope Its Not Same They Provide Network In India.

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Btw…on international roaming, can we recharge for home circle plan…or number has to be in home circle while recharging..?

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Snikeus wrote:

If you just want to keep your sim alive, recharge it with Rs 49 plan every 28 days.

this one looks very simple..

can any confirm this?

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hese wrote:

this one looks very simple..

can any confirm this?

Yeah, it was earlier 35. Now 49 with 38 tt, 28 days validity.

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hese wrote:

this one looks very simple..

can any confirm this?

I’ve been using validity recharge (earlier 35, now 49 for 28 days) to keep my SIM alive on international roaming for more than 6 months. SMS/OTP can be received, further also am keeping some main balance to send SMS when sometimes it is needed to verify SIM for UPI apps after swapping the SIMs.

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Sickkid wrote:

I’ve been using validity recharge (earlier 35, now 49 for 28 days) to keep my SIM alive on international roaming for more than 6 months. SMS/OTP can be received, further also am keeping some main balance to send SMS when sometimes it is needed to verify SIM for UPI apps after swapping the SIMs.

Can we recharge indian number on international roaming service operator network? Or sim has to be in india only?

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Dealkitalash wrote:

Can we recharge indian number on international roaming service operator network? Or sim has to be in india only?

We can recharge on international network as well. I have done recharge for Airtel and Jio during international roaming.

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Snikeus wrote:

If you just want to keep your sim alive, recharge it with Rs 49 plan every 28 days.

This would be awesome if its true. Will check with VF once I’m there

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TechnoFrendz wrote:

Just Recharge With Validity Pack Every 28 Days And You Will Able To Get Sms In Australia

BTW @boogeyman Vodafone Is Launching 5G In Australia Soon. Do Post Your Reviews About Speed/Network Of Vodafone. 😆
Hope Its Not Same They Provide Network In India.

If the validity pack extension thing is true, nothing like it.

Vodafone 4G is already here. It’s one of the poorest networks. There’s a bit of history but in summary, for coverage, Telstra is the best, followed by Optus and then Vodafone is the last. Its based on how long they’ve been in operation here and hence, have had the most time in improving coverage.

They’re all implementing 5G, but the cost doesn’t really justify it at the moment. Maybe once cheaper plans start becoming available. 4G is pretty good for now.

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Sickkid wrote:

I’ve been using validity recharge (earlier 35, now 49 for 28 days) to keep my SIM alive on international roaming for more than 6 months. SMS/OTP can be received, further also am keeping some main balance to send SMS when sometimes it is needed to verify SIM for UPI apps after swapping the SIMs.

That’s a great idea. Although I would prefer a longer term recharge so as not to have to do it every 28 days, but I guess the money saving but (49*12=588 v/s 1499) makes it worth it.

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Dealkitalash wrote:

Can we recharge indian number on international roaming service operator network? Or sim has to be in india only?

Just recharge over the internet (Paytm, freecharge, or even the providers own website)

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boogeyman wrote:

That’s a great idea. Although I would prefer a longer term recharge so as not to have to do it every 28 days, but I guess the money saving but (49*12=588 v/s 1499) makes it worth it.

But make sure not to keep too much balance or you lose it all. This is what happend when I erroneously switched on data in Indian SIM (Airtel) for a few moments a few days ago. 

https://cdn0.desidime.com/attachments/photos/601151/original/IMG_20200104_072127.jpg?1578102133

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boogeyman wrote:

That’s a great idea. Although I would prefer a longer term recharge so as not to have to do it every 28 days, but I guess the money saving but (49*12=588 v/s 1499) makes it worth it.

its 28 days
so you need to do 49×13 i.e.637 for 1 year

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I use airtel prepaid indian sim which is used only to recieve OTP from banks, it will automatically recharge for Rs.23 for 28 days from main balance. No IR, no activation, nothing.

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switch to bsnl and recharge with 498 rs for 1year validity.

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hese wrote:

this one looks very simple..

can any confirm this?

Recharge with data pack 48 and enjoy 3gb free data balance and 28days validity for otp and free incoming calls

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dinesh4ever wrote:

switch to bsnl and recharge with 498 rs for 1year validity.

Looks Simple of all…

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dinesh4ever wrote:

switch to bsnl and recharge with 498 rs for 1year validity.

Is se Acha toh Airtel hai. Wahan 45 per 28 days ka karna h, usme bhi Chote cashback offer use ho sakte hai.

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am in same position like op but since the idiot airtel increase the rate from rs35 to rs49 looking for alternate options.

looking to switch to bsnl by porting as seems its good plan just for validity.. any porting offers and good long validity for bsnl tamilnadu..
cant check from their website which is not responding most of t he time

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Downgraded my airtel plan to 150/month for an year when I was in UK

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panchabhut wrote:

its 28 days
so you need to do 49×13 i.e.637 for 1 year

Nice catch, thanks… forgot about that wink

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chandras wrote:

I use airtel prepaid indian sim which is used only to recieve OTP from banks, it will automatically recharge for Rs.23 for 28 days from main balance. No IR, no activation, nothing.

This would be awesome if they offer it. Is this recharge available online, do you know? Airtel’s site doesn’t list it.

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dealmate wrote:

am in same position like op but since the idiot airtel increase the rate from rs35 to rs49 looking for alternate options.

looking to switch to bsnl by porting as seems its good plan just for validity.. any porting offers and good long validity for bsnl tamilnadu..
cant check from their website which is not responding most of t he time

This is another issue with BSNL/MTNL. At least with private telcos, their website will definitely work, so online recharge is possible.

With BSNL/MTNL the issues with their websites can mean recharge is not possible.

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