Does VI have any SMS top-up option?

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If one is on 99 prepaid plan (which doesn’t have OG SMS facility) can one use any SMS top-up to send some SMS?

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Vi does not have any separate sms pack

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Do u have main balance??..if yes then sms will work

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AyushiiiVijay wrote:

Do u have main balance??..if yes then sms will work

No. in Vi 99 sms does not work even if you have main bal. 

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No sms pack
Min 129 rc to send sms from main balance

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panchabhut wrote:

No. in Vi 99 sms does not work even if you have main bal. 

Recharge for Rs.10/20 or any top up, you can then send SMS.

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satraghav wrote:

Recharge for Rs.10/20 or any top up, you can then send SMS.

Personally tested? 

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satraghav wrote:

It worked for me.

When? Circle? Did u sent port sms or other sms worked?

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insta wrote:

When? Circle? Did u sent port sms or other sms worked?

It worked for UPI Registration and other normal messaging in Karnataka Circle. I didn’t try for porting. If SMS is working means it will work for port messages too..

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satraghav wrote:

It worked for UPI Registration and other normal messaging in Karnataka Circle. I didn’t try for porting. If SMS is working means it will work for port messages too..

In some recharge cases port sns works but others do not. Hence asked it.
But surprised that u got og sms without proper rc (129 and above)
Just yday vi gave me both ic/og validity for a week but no og sms.

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satraghav wrote:

It worked for UPI Registration and other normal messaging in Karnataka Circle. I didn’t try for porting. If SMS is working means it will work for port messages too..

Did a topup of 10. Tried to send a sms to my other no. SMS did not go. So not applicable for all circles.

What was your base plan, before topup. 

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iam using airtel 99 pack and sms are going without main balance..  so it is better than Vi

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insta wrote:

In some recharge cases port sns works but others do not. Hence asked it.
But surprised that u got og sms without proper rc (129 and above)
Just yday vi gave me both ic/og validity for a week but no og sms.

SMS will work for Rs.99+10 (Any Top-up of 10,20,50,100) according to my observation.

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panchabhut wrote:

Did a topup of 10. Tried to send a sms to my other no. SMS did not go. So not applicable for all circles.

What was your base plan, before topup. 

Rs.99

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Airtel is providing full SMS services on 99 plan while vi provides only port-out sms on the same plan.
Having or not main balance doesn’t make any effect on this, atleast for me (Bihar C) @AyushiiiVijay @satraghav

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satraghav wrote:

SMS will work for Rs.99+10 (Any Top-up of 10,20,50,100) according to my observation.

Doesn’t work for me

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insta wrote:

No sms pack
Min 129 rc to send sms from main balance

But 129 has a validity of 18 days only

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ontherocks wrote:

But 129 has a validity of 18 days only

Yes, try on voda site, if it shows 5 day grace validity

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MrCritic wrote:

Airtel is providing full SMS services on 99 plan while vi provides only port-out sms on the same plan.
Having or not main balance doesn’t make any effect on this, atleast for me (Bihar C) @AyushiiiVijay @satraghav

Our retailer too says the same about VI’s 99₹ pack (that port SMS would go, other SMS wouldn’t).

But somehow I never tried it.

Different circle (not Bihar).

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hackerboys wrote:

iam using airtel 99 pack and sms are going without main balance..  so it is better than Vi

That’s one reason which is keeping Vi at big disadvantage against Airtel as almost everyone smartphone user needs SMS service for upi services these days.
Was forced to spend 200(apx.) on vi just for the same reason recently.

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MrCritic wrote:

That’s one reason which is keeping Vi at big disadvantage against Airtel as almost everyone smartphone user needs SMS service for upi services these days.
Was forced to spend 200(apx.) on vi just for the same reason recently.

But back in January 2022 or around that time.. I remember porting out even in the ₹79 pack.

When there was lots of conundrum over TRAI changing rules.

I too think VI, after making ‘free data’ their USP.. has forgotten the other core services, which are even more basic.

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Guys I have around 3 VI numbers. Basic use is to just send receive bank alerts/upi transactions. Which recharge would be best to keep them working. Currently i recharge them once in 2 month for 99/- after the recent hike.

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khanabadosh wrote:

But back in January 2022 or around that time.. I remember porting out even in the ₹79 pack.

When there was lots of conundrum over TRAI changing rules.

I too think VI, after making ‘free data’ their USP.. has forgotten the other core services, which are even more basic.

In some circles at least if not most PORT SMS can be sent when Vi credits the freebies.

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MrCritic wrote:

That’s one reason which is keeping Vi at big disadvantage against Airtel as almost everyone smartphone user needs SMS service for upi services these days.
Was forced to spend 200(apx.) on vi just for the same reason recently.

129/149/155 packs also allow OG SMS but the 199 and above packs make more sense. That’s the reason I don’t subscribe to more than 2 months UL data packs anymore. 

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