Bharti Airtel sending SMS asking customers to link their mobile number to their Aadhaar number..
You need to carry your Aadhaar and your mobile to any Airtel retailers / outlets in order to complete the procedure.
Most of the FAQs answered -
Q1. What is Government’s directive regarding Aadhaar updation for mobile connection?
As per the recent government directive, all the existing customers have to link Aadhaar with their Mobile numbers.
Q2. By when do I need to link my Aadhaar card with mobile number?
We recommend you complete this process as soon as possible. Last date for the same is 6th Feb 2018.
Q3. What documents are required to complete the process?
All you need is your Aadhaar card/number and your Mobile. You will be required to complete biometric verification. You will also receive the verification code (OTP) on your Mobile that would be required to complete the process.
Q4. What if I don’t link my Mobile with Aadhaar?
In case you don’t complete the process before 6th Feb 18, services on your mobile number might get restricted.
Q5. I do not have Aadhaar card. What should I do?
We would request you to get your Aadhaar card made at the earliest. For details visit https://uidai....in
Q6. I am a Airtel Broadband/ Digital TV customer. Do I also have to link my Aadhaar?
No, this is required only for mobile connections.
Q7. Where can I get my Aadhaar card linked with mobile number ?
Please visit any Airtel Retailer to complete the process.
Q8. Do I need to pay for this?
There is no fee for linking Aadhaar with your number.
Q9. What is Biometric process?
Biometric verification is a process through which, a person can be uniquely identified basis fingerprints and details are fetched as per the information in Aadhaar database.
Q10. What will Airtel do with my Aadhaar number?
Aadhaar details will be updated in our records against your number.
Q.11 What will happen to my previous details with Airtel?
All previous details will be overwritten with Aadhaar details.
Q12. What would happen to my balance?
Your prepaid balance will remain unaffected.
Q13. Do I have to change my SIM?
Q14. Once my no is linked to Aadhaar, will my tariff get changed?
Q15. I am an outstation customer. Where do I get my Aadhaar linked to my mobile number?
Currently, the Govt. Of India has not issued any instructions for outstation customers. We will update you when the regulation is issued.
Q16. I am currently in roaming. How do I get my Aadhaar linked?
Customers in roaming customer need to get the Aadhaar verified in their respective home circle.
Q17. I am a corporate customer. Do I need to get Aadhaar verified?
Currently the directive is only for individual customers. We will keep you informed once regulation for corporate customers is issued by Govt. of India.
Q18. My name/address is different in my Aadhaar card. What should I do?
Your details will be updated in your mobile account as per the details available in Aadhaar.
Q19. Will I get any confirmation that my Aadhaar has been linked?
Yes. You will receive a confirmation SMS within 24 hours.
Q20. If I have multiple mobile numbers, do I have to link each of them separately?
Q21. I am using a datacard and/or using the Airtel SIM in my data device (Tablet etc). Do I still need to link my Aadhaar number to these SIMs?
Q22. In case of Datacard, how will I receive the OTP for verification?
OTP will be sent on your registered alternate mobile number.
Q23. Do I have to carry my mobile number also for this process?
Yes. You will receive the verification code (OTP) on your Mobile that would be required to complete the process.
Q24. I have already given Aadhaar no. as my POI/POA while buying new connection. Why do I have to verify again?
a) If you have done biometric (given finger prints) along with Aadhaar at the time of taking connection, you do not have to do this activity again.
b) If Aadhaar was given only as an identity or address proof and no biometric was done, please visit your nearest Airtel retailer to complete the process.
Finally, telecom operators have implemented one of the new methods proposed by UIDAI to verify your mobile connection with Aadhaar. Telecom operators today rolled out the much-anticipated OTP based IVRS linking method, which removes the hassle for users to visit the operator’ store to link the mobile number with Aadhaar. All they need to do is calling 14546 from the yet-to-be-linked mobile number.
So, if you’re looking to link your mobile number with Aadhaar with the new IVRS method, here’s how you can do it.
1) Dail 14546 from your mobile phone and wait for the IVR voice.
2) Once the call gets connected, you will be asked to select the language. Select language as per the instructions.
3) Now, you will be directed to enter the Aadhaar number. Once after you entering the Aadhaar number, telecom operator will send the Aadhaar details entered by you to UIDAI for verification.
4) Once verified, you will receive an OTP, which you need to enter during the call itself. After entering the OTP, the call can be disconnected. After that, you will receive a confirmation SMS.
That’s it; there’s no need to visit any operators store like earlier. Following this method, I have linked my Airtel postpaid number with Aadhaar in just two minutes. Vodafone also confirmed that its subscribers could reverify their mobile connections with Aadhaar using this new IVRS method.
Digital India’s official Twitter handle also tweeted the same. “#DigitalIdentity service made easy | @UIDAI (Aadhaar) has issued directives for generating OTP either through the service provider’s website or through the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) services to facilitate the linking, also known as reverification,” read the tweet from Digital India.
Going by the tweet from Digital India, mobile subscribers can also generate OTP through a telecom operator’s website if you have an active internet connection handy. To be noted, when I tried to link one of other Airtel prepaid number with Aadhaar, the toll-free call didn’t connect. This might be due to heavy rush from all the subscribers across the country.
Recently, the Rajya Sabha confirmed that over 700 million subscribers have already linked their mobile number with Aadhaar. The last date for reverifying mobile connection with Aadhaar is March 31, 2018, after the recent deadline extension.