Is there a shop/provider at Bangalore international airport for sim cards.
I found this thread which was helpful.
There isn't one inside the airport though..
So, if there isn't one inside the airport, are there any other place outside that one would recommend ? Alsom has anyone had any experiences (good/bad) of getting a SIM in Bangalore (for foreign tourist visiting Bangalore)?
There is a Matrix Cellular SIM provider at the airport itself where the documentation and everything is done.
Here is the link: http://www.matrix.in/offices/Bangalore
They usually offer both pre and post paid connections depending on what you prefer.
It is rather difficult to get a SIM locally, but not impossible. You should get a letter from the hotel stating the duration of your stay in the hotel as a local address proof. You will also need to hand a copy of your passport and visa for their verification. Once they give you the SIM, it usually takes upto 4 hours to activate. You can ask the hotel concierge to help you.
Thanks for the reply . So, I called the Matrix Cellular company and double checked with their web site. They categorically say that they do not sell SIM for tourists visiting in India their services are only for Indian travelers going abroad .Edited: 1:12 pm, September 19, 2013
So then you have the other option. Approach the desk of the hotel where you'll be staying. I work in a hotel.
You can ask them to issue a letter stating that you will be staying in the particular hotel from xx/xx/yyyy to xx/xx/yyyy. That will serve as an address proof. You will need to carry a passport size color photograph. You need to fill in a subscription form and sign. The last thing is that you will need to submit a photocopy of your passport as an ID proof.
When in Bangalore, if you need any help, let me know.
Oh ok , thanks ! any big name brand mobile phone stores(Not Kios) in and around MG Road that's popular ?
I bought a prepaid SIM card from a small shop(handphone shop)around MG road, somewhere near the McDonald, from what I remember, I don' t think that give them my passport photocopy. But is 2years ago.
Given the spate of terror attacks and IEDs, it is now mandatory to collect some sort of Identity Proof. Guess it's down to your luck!!!
It's not that hard to get a sim card in Bangalore really. You will just need to provide many documentations and wait for a few hours or even days before it gets activated. I bought two simcards (airtel and vodafone) 2 years ago and it is still working now. The good thing about India sim card is that it has a very long valid date, unlike in my country where it will goes inactive once you didn't top up within 90-120 days. You can easily buy one in any small store or vodafone/airtel outlets.