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India's Latest e-KYC Policy for Sim Cards 2018- All You Need to know !

For a long time, KYC and Aadhaar verification has been a pebble in the shoe for those looking to buy a functional Sim card in India and has caused a great deal of frustration and inconvenience, specially for tourists trying acquire a local Sim card for their stay.Until recently, the Indian Government required an ‘Aadhar card’ verification before issuing any sim card. An Aadhar card, along with a unique Aadhar identification code for each individual, is best described as being similar to the Social Security Number system employed by the USA. Only a person of Indian nationality can be issued an Aadhaar card. Therein lies the bane of many foreign travellers who, by virtue of not having an Aadhaar number, have to virtually jump through hoops in order to obtain a working Indian Sim Card for voice calling and internet data. In October, 2018, India’s Department of Telecommunication announced that Aadhar verification is no longer required to obtain an Indian Sim Card. This should have been a cause of celebration for travel enthusiasts and tourists. Furthermore, the promotion of the eKYC process (digital verification) should have had us ecstatic, right? At a glance, one would think so but looking closely, there isn’t much to be too happy about . Despite how much better it may sound in theory, the process for buying a new sim card hasn’t become any simpler. What is e-KYC ?KYC means “Know Your Customer”. It’s process by which regulating authorities ( Telecom Service Providers, Banks etc.) obtain information about the identity and address of the customers. This process helps to ensure that services are not misused. The KYC procedure is to be completed by service providers while opening accounts. e-KYC refers to an alternative digital process introduced by the Department of Telecommunications.Generally an identity proof with photograph and an address proof are the two basic mandatory KYC documents that are required to establish one’s identity. As mentioned, until recently, an Aadhaar card and Aadhaar number ( Unique Identification Number) were also required as KYC documents. What e-KYC Means for Foreigners/TouristsThe latest direction issued by the Department of Telecommunication, allows for fulfilment of E-KYC without a government issued Aadhaar number. This new provision, coupled with the term ‘E-KYC’ has led to some ambiguity. Taken at face value, ‘ e-KYC’ suggests an electronic or digital method for submitting pertinent documents via the internet in order to fulfill the KYC requirements needed to buy a local sim card.To help clarify the new regulation, the process for e-KYC is outlined below - The Entire process of eKYC verification will be undertaken by Licensees ( shops that sell sim cards) through authorised and official apps. e-KYC is done at Points of Sale or shops. Perhaps the most important omission in discussions about the new eKYC process is that a potential customer must be physically present at the Point of Sale ( PoS) or shop, where an Officially Valid Document for identification must be furnished. For example, an original and valid passport or a Driver’s License . At the Sim Card store, the merchant or shopkeeper Will take a live photo of the customer, that shall be embedded in a Client Acquisition Form ( C.A.F) by the storeowner. Further, this live photo of the customer shall be watermarked and must be geo tagged. i.e. include GPS coordinates along with time and date. These details are then embedded in the CAF by the shopkeeper, and sent to the regulatory telecom body for verification. Once a person’s KYC details are verified, that customer will be given access to an operating sim card. Evidently, the process of e-KYC is still tedious and quite inconvenient for a foreign visitor trying to buy a local sim card. Luckily, there is a virtually hassle free alternative!

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Best Indian SIM card 2018 - A Step-by-Step Guide for a Foreign Tourist

Travelling to India soon and need to be connected to friends, family and fellow travellers? You will need a sim card to use in india. Not to scare you, but getting a sim card in india can be quite an experience. Read for yourself! Trying to find the cheapest SIM card in India, with a good data plan, and the one that works with your unlocked phone and provides mobile wifi, can be absolutely exhausting with so many options available even when the SIM card price in India is mostly affordable. Before you make a choice, read below as we answer the most frequently asked questions by foreigners travelling to India. Will my Mobile Phone Work in India?Your phone may not work in India with any of the local sim cards unless it is unlocked. In most of the parts of the world, mobile phones are locked to their telecom carriers and only they (your telecom carrier) can unlock the phones for you. You will not be able to insert another sim or use it with another carrier unless you pass their criteria of getting the phone unlocked and then go through the procedure which can take time and may cost you money of you get it done privately. So, if you are asking ‘Are all iPhones unlocked’ or ‘Can you unlock and iPhone 7 or iPhone 6s’? Yes, you can and should get them unlocked or check if they are unlocked from your native service provider before you arrive in India. Your phone may also not work, even if unlocked unless the GSM bandwidth of your phone is compatible.

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La mejor tarjeta SIM del 2018 - Una guía paso a paso para turistas extranjeros

Estás por viajar a la India y necesitas mantenerte conectado con tu familia, amigos y con otros viajeros? Necesitarás una tarjeta SIM para usar en la India. No es por asustarte, pero comprar una tarjeta SIM en la India puede ser toda una experiencia. Léelo tú mismo! Encontrar la tarjeta SIM más económica en la India, que incluya un buen plan de datos y uno que funcione con tu teléfono celular desbloqueado y que te provea internet móvil, puede ser totalmente agotador ya que hay tantas opciones disponibles. Aún cuando el precio por lo general en la India es módico. Antes de que tomes una decisión, lee el siguiente artículo en el que respondemos a las preguntas más frecuentes entre los extranjeros que viajan a la India. ¿Funcionará mi teléfono celular en la India?Tu teléfono puede no funcionar en la India con cualquiera de las tarjetas SIM locales a menos de que esté desbloqueado. En la mayoría de países en el mundo, los teléfonos celulares pueden funcionar sólo con las operadoras telefónicas que proveyeron el teléfono celular y sólo ellos (tu operadora telefónica) pueden ayudarte a desbloquearlo. No podrás insertar ninguna otra tarjeta SIM ni usarla la que ya está ahí con otra operadora a menos de que ellos te lo aprueben después de analizar sus criterios para desbloquear un teléfono celular. Después de eso tienes que seguir un proceso que puede tomar tiempo y costarte más dinero si es que lo alguien lo hace por ti de manera particular. Así que si te estás preguntando: ¿Todos los iPhones están desbloqueados? O ¿Se puede desbloquear un iPhone 7 o un iPhone 6S? La respuesta es sí, puedes y debes hacerlo o revisar si ya están desbloqueados por parte de tu compañía proveedora de servicios antes de que llegues a la India. Tu teléfono celular puede no funcionar aún si está desbloqueado a menos de que el ancho de banda GSM de tu teléfono móvil sea compatible.

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Jaipur Or Udaipur? The Pink City Vs The Venice of East

Jaipur and Udaipur are both pretty much favourites of travellers to India because of the historic significance and the cultural grandeur.The question though, still always arises as to what should be the first preference.Listed below are a few read that will help you know both the places in detail and compare the with ease. What’s Udaipur All AboutThe following blog titled ‘Udaipur in Rajasthan (India) | The City of Lakes and compelling saga of Mewar Royal House’ by Sushmita Sarkar was published recently and gives wholesome perspective on Udaipur. In her blog she talks about the lakes, the light and sound shows and how trustworthy they are. You will find ticket prices in there too.According to her, the best part of visiting the Sajjangarh fort is the view from the top. The time advised to visit Udaipur is winters. Check this link to explore her experience and get to know udaipur. http://www.myunfinishedlife.com/udaipur-in-rajasthan-city-of-lakes/ An add on read on Udaipur ( A personal account by the author) http://www.hookedupon.com/ill-never-stop-loving-udaipur-start-loving/ What’s Jaipur All AboutIn Sandeepa Chetan’s blog ‘Jaipur in 24 hours: A super short visit’ they describe a day spent in Jaipur. They cover the monuments like Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Amber Fort and the famous temples and her experience at each place along with the history. They also describe how it was to spend ‘Diwali’ in Jaipur. The blog also lets you know the places you can head to from Jaipur. You’ll also find information about food as they describe their experience with Dal Bati Churma, Kair Sangri and Gatte ki Sabzi. Check the link below to read yourself.http://sandeepachetan.com/jaipur-one-day-24-hours-trip/

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Kerala Or Goa? Comparison Between The Party Capital And God’s Own Country

While both Kerala and Goa are pretty famous among tourists, they are as different as one can imagine them to be. One a western state and another a south indian; both have different cultures, different languages, different people and different appeals for the travellers. Listed below are some stark differences we could identify on the basis of the following: Reach Goa has an international airport called the Dabolim Airport in the city Dabolim which is some 27 kilometres from Panaji i.e. the capital of Goa.Kerala has not one but three major international airports that are; Thiruvananthapuram International Airport, Cochin International Airport and Kozhikode International Airport. Time Goa as per most travelers requires around 4-6 days.Kerala requires a little more; that is around 7 -9 days of your time. Quality Of Beaches

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13 Simple Steps to Save International Roaming Data

We know that one thing that costs us a lot for being internet dependent beings are the roaming charges. We need it as we can’t possibly do without it but then it also raids our pockets. The service providers take full advantage of this and make international roaming plans as expensive as they can. Data roaming is very expensive & moreover you will never know how much data is getting drained for which you are being charged by your service provider. You will unfortunately be welcomed back home by a massive phone bill. But it isn’t all bad. Here’s the light at the end of that dark and heavy roaming fees tunnel. By following a few simple steps, you can save upto 50% on your international roaming charges while roaming abroad. 1. Keep mobile data turned-off while not in use.This is the easiest thing you can do. Here’s how to do that! For an iPhone:From the Home screen; Navigate: Settings > Cellular and tap the cellular data switch on or off. For a Samsung S-8:From the Home screen; Navigate: Settings > Connections > Data usage. Tap the mobile data switch on or off. If prompted, tap turn off to confirm.And when you need data just turn it back on.

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When In India For 7 Days - One Week Suggested Itineraries

If you have time of one week on your hands, say maybe during the easter break and you are arriving in India at any of these locations (Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore), here are some handpicked itineraries for you. From DelhiIf you are arriving in Delhi you are suggested to follow one of the classic one week itineraries that is the ‘Golden Triangle’ itinerary. This pick is called {India} India’s Golden Triangle, 7-day Itinerary and is summarized by idelish This itinerary covers Delhi-Agra-Jaipur. If you have time to spare, you can pick another city in Rajasthan; preferably Udaipur or Jodhpur. Arrive in Delhi and stay the night. Move on to Agra the next day and to Rajasthan for the next 3 days. Return to Delhi. If you pull off a backpacking trip, this trip should cost you something between Rs 8000/- to Rs 15000/- or else if you go the way of luxury it could take anything above Rs 30,000/- Click the link below for the detailed itinerary.www.idelish.com/2011/08/01/india-indias-golden-triangle-7-day-itinerary/ If you are one of those who do not wish to switch cities and just want to take in one city at a time; then here’s a week long itinerary just for Delhi. This one is called One Week in Delhi: The Perfect Itinerary by TripSavy.This itinerary covers old and new delhi, cafes, books, monuments everything. Click the link below for the detailed itinerary.www.tripsavvy.com/one-week-in-delhi-the-perfect-itinerary-4144728 From Mumbai

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8 Tips To Keep In Mind While Travelling to The Incredible Northeast of India

The northeast India is slowly becoming a favourite part to take trips to for the locals and the international travellers. It is fresh, beautiful and less populated. Even though it is becoming pretty popular among the tourists, it still has people concerned about safety. We are still to decide how tourist friendly the northeast is and therefore; here are some tips that we want you to keep in mind while you travel there. You may need special permits ( for example; the Protection Area Permit) and other documents to travel there. An Indian visa is obviously a must but do your research before you take the step. There are eight states, several districts and villages to cover, therefore, plan a tour with good amount of time in hand. A well planned trip is a better way to go here. Read and study about the locals, tribes, food and culture beforehand. You wouldn’t want to offend anyone, right? This will also let you have a better interactive experience. Be prepared for the rains. The northeast receives a decent amount of rainfall especially during monsoons. Best travel time is between October and April. Get yourself hotels and hostels pre booked as this area still has a developing hospitality sector. One is suggested to carry multiple simcards as the landscapes don’t permit very good connection. Immerse yourself in a natural lifestyle there and do not expect amazing internet access. You should even be prepared to lose it every now and then. Keep saved the emergency contacts at all times. And lastly; keep expecting the unexpected! The northeast India is wonderful and so is travelling and to keep the experience smooth, do look up Trabug- India’s First Travel Phone that will keep you from being distracted by travel hurdles while that you are there. Check this link for more About TrabugTrabug is india’s first Travel phone that comes with a 4G connection and a voice plan. It is a phone for anyone and everyone who travels to India on business or leisure. It helps you stay connected in a foreign land and makes your stay hassle free. What Our Customer Has To Say “I absolutely love it! we always had perfect signal and the wifi hotspot worked for two devices even far in the Thar desert 👍🏼 The trabug support team was always reachable and really helpful. I highly recommend this for long stays in India, it also has great tourist tips and maps…restaurant and hotels list as reliable as in tripadvisor. Thank you for the service!!” Nayeli Contreras Mexico