Yes, you’ll be able to use your mobile/cell phone while on an India tour, but only if you have activated global roaming or purchased a local SIM card. If you choose to activate global roaming be sure to check with your carrier as to what costs will be incurred – it is often prohibitively expensive. Be sure to check that your phone is unlocked before leaving home or the local SIM will not work.

Buying a local SIM

Local SIM cards can be purchased throughout India and there are several carriers to choose from, with both prepaid and postpaid options avaiable. Though postpaid is slightly cheaper, it requires a commitment of three months, so most travellers will be better off going with the prepaid option. As far as carriers go, Airtel is readily available and has coverage across the country, though reception for all providers may be patchy or non-existent in very rural areas or the Himalaya, particularly in the higher, more remote regions.

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