How to Get Mobile Service when Doing Business in India

by | Dec 18, 2013 | Business

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If you have to travel to India on business for the first time you might be uncertain of what your options are to maintain phone service while there. Here is a quick overview of the mobile phone services from BSNL Prepaid Recharge to Prepaid.

Get to Know the Services
First you want to familiarize yourself with the operators in India so you can decide which one you want to use. Also each provider has service in circles which cover only certain areas. You want to make sure you have the circle area that best suits your needs. There are many choices and the most popular include:

1. Vodafone
2. Airtel
3. Aircel
4. Idea
5. Spice
6. Tata Indicom
8. Reliance

Recharge Coupons Call Time
It is important to arrange for validity and pay for the amount of time you will be in India. Without validity you cannot make outgoing calls. You can find validity for 6 months to a year allowing you to continue to receive incoming calls until it runs out. It makes sense to go with a longer validity because it will allow you to receive incoming calls until it runs out. Recharge coupons have a processing fee, service tax and call time. What many people do not realize is that if you were to pay for a certain amount of call time the service tax and processing fee are deducted off that amount. So working in U.S. dollars as an example, if you bought $200 for call time and the tax is $5 and the processing fee is $10 than you only have $185 in call time.

International versus Local Calls
Keep in mind that local calls are pretty reasonable but international calls can cost as much as eight times more. Consider this when you decide on how much call time you want to purchase in case you have family at home that you will want to call frequently.

Prepaid Connection
You can get a prepaid connection from any of the service providers in India. You can recharge your prepaid connection using many online services and whether it is with BSNL prepaid recharge or any of the other providers you can top up whenever and wherever you want.

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