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I have 2 numbers which I wish to use in future like 2-3 years from now. I just want to keep these numbers active. Non receipt of any SMS/OTP is also fine.

I don't want to go with Jio as I don't have any 4G phone to keep that number connected to a network.

I have option of Airtel/Vi at my location (Mumbai).

What are the recharge options to keep that number active considering the minimum recharge + grace validity?

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Take both connections vi.. It will mostly work without recharge also... They credit 1gb/day for 7 days per. Month.... And 90% of time incoming is active..... 

In airtel incoming wil stop the day the recharge ends... No workaround... And in Mumbai circle 2g is good for vi

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Airtel and Vi don't seem to deactivate the connection even after no recharge for over a year or more. G-Gowda reported his Airtel no.(s) being alive despite 4+ years of no recharge. Vi does send messages regarding deactivation due to non-usage occasionally but also mentions Rs 20 deduction to keep the no. alive. Anyway since Vi keeps on crediting free OG for 3/7 days almost every month it's easy to keep the no. active by just making 1-2 OG calls in a month. IC SMS doesn't stop excluding some circles but it doesn't count anyway. Maintaining balance above Rs 20 is a good move. In my case IC calls stop immediately after IC expiry whether after a recharge or after the freebie expires. 

Jio is much more unpredictable but recharging with Rs 119 once every 90 days should be enough. Both IC calls and SMS could continue to work after service expiry. Reportedly as long as the SIM is inserted in a device and hence continuing to access the network Jio is more lenient. 

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Thank you. Will keep this in mind.

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If you have any spare jiophone (or can source one), port to jio, put SIM and recharge 26 (2GB data only for 28 days) , then after expiry, recharge on 80th day to be safe (they purge after 84 days if rules are followed strictly). Can be used on other 4G phones for receiving calls+sms, only recharging needs jiophone.

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Bsnl. Bsnl clearly shows date of disconnection which is approx 180 days from outgoing stops. No risk of random no. disconnection. Just note the date of disconnection, recharge with eligible pack few days before that date.

Preferably with rc 201 (90 days validity, 300 minutes, 6gb, 99sms)

rc 201 (3 months) + 6 months (no recharge) => approx 200 cost in 9 months => Approx Rs. 22 per month

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No BSNL in Mumbai circle

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For Jio 4g sim what is the cheapest recharge to keep sim alive

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I'm using vi and I hardly recharged even once in last 12 months but still it's active. Sometimes I get messages to recharge but I ignored. I get free 4g data now and then which is useless.

IG/OG calls will be barred but I get OTPs. 

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This seems to be applicable for old Vodafone customers who haven't ported to Vodafone after a certain date.

I do get OTPs too without doing the recharge 

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No longer receiving SMS after IC expiry in at least 2 Vi nos(Karnataka circle). Took Vi a few months to finally plug this loophole after first sending messages to that effect. It's good that Axis sends OTP over email for Netbanking transactions. My plan to consolidate the bank registered nos. will have to be brought forward. 

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Same here in Vi kolkata circle.OTPs are not coming after IC validity expiry🤬🤬

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