Mumbai - Post Report Question and Answers

Do you have any recommendations regarding mobile phones? Did you keep your home-country plan or use a local provider?

Bring your own and phone and pick up a sim card from airtel. - Aug 2021


Most people have Vodaphone, it is cheap, just get it. You don't even need to install Wifi at home cause your phone's hotspot can serve as Wifi. India has the cheapest data plan in the world. - Nov 2020


I would recommend using a local provider. Vodafone and Airtel both provide great connectivity and speed and it’s about US$5 a month for data and calling. Google Fi is becoming more popular but it's a lot more expensive than the local options. - Aug 2019


Several carriers, and they all work ok. US$10/month will get you a lot of usage. - Mar 2019


Very cheap and easily available. - Jan 2019


Bring an unlocked phone. cheap plans available. - May 2018


I used a pre-paid provider that was very cheap, about $20/mo for all the data I used (and I use a lot). Just bring an unlocked phone. - Jun 2017


Super cheap. US$7 a month for my iPhone with 3G internet w 3GB per month. - Aug 2015


It takes 2-3 days to get a local SIM so make that your first move when you arrive. Cell phones are cheap here because they are made for the local consumer market. No need to bring one unless you want an iPhone. Bring that. Samsung is king here and the latest models are not too badly priced ($400 unlocked Samsung Galaxy s4). - Mar 2014


Get an open cellphone and buy a 'prepaid' plan. - Feb 2014


Get a reliable service provider. Loop Mobile has iffy coverage. Request to be put on the "no call" list or you'll get endless junk texts and calls. Also, do NOT give your phone number out to shops and restaurants when they ask. You will regret it! - May 2013


Service is cheap but not always reliable. Vodaphone is supposed to be the best, but since when does the USG contract with the best? - Feb 2013


No, not really. The network isn't great but the batteries on cell phones here are far superior to those in the US. - Dec 2010


Cell phones are cheap. Service is good. - Nov 2008


Local service is fine. Buy a phone here. - Aug 2008


All services are good. Everyone has a phone. - Jul 2008


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