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India – A country with the second largest population in the world, is not only full of diverse traditions and cultures but is also famous for its budding Bollywood industry. Known for its deep-rooted South-Asian history, there are about 450 different native languages spoken in this land. Among these languages, over 20 are constitutionally recognized by the Indian Central Government.
Despite having such a large population, 3 out of 4 people are literate here and have a good command over English as it’s the second-most spoken language in the country. As unique and interesting as it sounds with these facts, India is a beautiful place, and also houses one of the seven wonders of the world.
Over 10 million foreigners have been recorded to visit India in 2017. With India hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup 2021 in October, this fascinating country is expected to make new records again. If you are planning to visit India for the CWC or for their rich culture, or even just for having memorable moments with your significant other at the Taj Mahal, you surely don’t want to get lost or be unable to communicate in the world’s 7th largest country.
With about 1.38 billion people living in India, there are many narrow streets and compact towns, which can become a hassle for anyone to navigate without access to the internet. But don’t worry, you can still book a ticket and easily find your way to the stadium as US Mobile has just what you need!
Best network providers in India
With such a huge country, in terms of both the population and area, we can expect many mobile network providers to be present here. Among them, Airtel, Jio, Vodafone Idea (Vi), and BSNL are considered as some of the top network providers for the locals. Big carriers like these have better coverage in cities, however, there are remote areas where either Vodafone is lacking coverage or locations where consumers face fluctuation in the network speeds of BSNL. While other carriers have cheaper plans, Airtel has it’s name and is known to have good coverage in the countryside.
Following are some of the monthly data plans of these carriers:
|Airtel||₹48 – 3 GB||–||₹401 – 30 GB|
|Jio||–||₹249 – 56 GB||₹449 – 84 GB|
|Vodafone idea (Vi)||₹48 – 3 GB||₹98 – 12 GB||₹251 – 50 GB|
|BSNL||–||₹151 – 40 GB||₹251 – 70 GB|
On the other side, some of these carriers do not provide live support on chat to the customers, which can be inconvenient for any tourist in this foreign land.
How do I get these local plans?
It’s quite easy to get SIM cards in India, but it can also become complicated for some. You can expect to get a SIM at the international airports, where the staff at the kiosk will guide and handover the SIM to you. However, the SIM bought from the airport kiosk won’t start to work instantly, and you’ll most likely be given a time-frame (i.e. 10 to 12 hours later) after which the SIM will be activated. If it takes longer, you will need to make a couple of calls to their customer care or might have to visit the kiosk again or one of the nearby franchises. During all this, you won’t have a connection and you won’t be able to call uber or other taxi services when you step out of the Airport.
One can also buy SIM cards within the local shops if you have someone reliable to guide. The SIM bought inside the city would also be quite cheap as compared to the one bought inside the airport, and might also work instantly. But as a foreigner, just like a kiosk inside the airport, you will be required to submit a copy of your passport, fill up some documents, and get your photograph taken.
Benefits of using an eSIM/devices that support eSIMs
eSIM gives you the power of the 21st century. It’s a hassle-free, reliable and fast solution as compared to physical sim cards. You won’t have to find shops in the busy streets of India, nor will you have to wait for your SIM to be active after you’ve bought one from the airport. With an eSIM, you can get connected to the world, before you hear ‘namaste” in the land of India.
Having an eSIM also makes you not worry about scams from the SIM sellers or trouble from unwanted people, which might attract law enforcement agencies. Setting up the eSIM or topping up the data is also very convenient, and is just an email or chat away.
An eSIM of your own on US Mobile, which is partnered through Telna, will give you access to all of the carriers in India. This means that our eSIM automatically selects and switches to any network that has better coverage in the current location. With this accessibility, you will be worry-free from not having connections in the mountains, or getting lost in the busy markets and streets. You can also update your social media anytime, regardless of where you are in India at that moment. The 24/7 customer support of US Mobile is an added perk, which will also make your whole journey to India more beautiful!
As easy as it gets + US Mobile Plans
Buying and setting up an eSIM cannot become easier with US Mobile. You just need to follow the following three steps, and woosh! You are connected to the world:
- Sign up/into US Mobile.
- Add a line > Add an international line.
- Pay and then scan to install.
After the installation, your device will be ready and connected with the internet.
You can connect to US Mobile 24/7 chat, email and call support for any kind of help with the eSIM. Which is a very important and reliable aspect, when you are traveling to a foreign country.
If you are travelling, look no further!
If you are traveling to India, you should not be worried about not being able to connect with the world anymore.
With an eSIM compatible device, you can sit back, relax, and watch your favorite team compete in the CWC 2021. Besides, who doesn’t want to see the cover drives of Babar Azam, spins from Rashid Khan, the pace of Mitchel Starc, and captaincy of Virat Kohli from the stands of Indian Stadium. Or even better, who doesn’t want to hold hands with their loved one in front of the great Taj Mahal?