Why your mobile phone will not 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 the Telecom Carriers. You will not be able to insert another sim or use it with another carrier. So if you are getting an iPhone from USA make sure its Unlocked. A lot of people are not aware of this fact. Hence they end up buying a new phone which is a complete waste of money. The new phone will not work in the native country. You may end up losing around USD 80-90 on this. Know more about Phone compatibility issueLet’s take example of iphone6 :The iphone 6 is available in 3 models in USA-A1549 (GSM)A1549 (CDMA)A1586A1549 is the most popular and is offered by most of the carriers. But if you are thinking of using these models in India then you will face a lot of problem connecting to the internet. These models do not support 4G LTE frequencies, therefore with these models you will not be able to take advantage of high speed internet. Though 3G is not that bad but for live streaming, booking tickets or hotel rooms and for sharing pictures 4G is the best. The Verizon version of iphone 6 also has CDMA and very few carriers in India support this. Keep in mind that you need an unlocked gsm phone that gets frequencies used in India2G capabilities GSM 900, GSM 18003G capabilities UMTS 900, UMTS 21004G capabilities LTE 850 (5), LTE 1800 (3), LTE 2300 (40)900, 1800These are not typically used in USA. So, foreign travellers generally end up buying a new phone. But, the phone you will purchase will not work at home when you return. Wikipedia has a great article on phone bands so you can learn what you need and you can also look up phone band frequencies elsewhere that apply to your particular phone. Taking a few minutes to do this before you go will save a bundle of money over trying to buy some international coverage from your home cell carrier. Not only that, but having data on your phone in India is a real help in not having to depend on wifi in India, which is spotty at best. Sometimes wifi does not work consistently even in 5 star hotels. How can you save money on buying the new phone?You can get Trabug. It is a smartphone specially designed for foreign travellers and also comes with a 4G sim card. The difference between getting a new phone and Trabug is that you can get Trabug on rental basis. Delivery and pickup of Trabug phone is free of cost plus you can avail unlimited data pack. Get rid of the low speed of wifi in your hotel and enjoy your stay in India. Know More…

Eligibility & Documentation for e-Visa

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA International travellers whose sole objective of visiting India is recreation, sight seeing, casual visit to meet friends or relatives, short duration medical treatment or casual business visit can apply for e-VISA. The tourist’s passport should have at least six months validity from the date of arrival in India. The passport should have at least two blank pages for stamping by the Immigration Officer. The traveller should have return ticket or onward journey ticket, with sufficient money to spend during his/her stay in India. This facility is NOT available to travellers having passport issued in Pakistan or whose origin is Pakistan. This facility is NOT available to Diplomatic/Official Passport Holders. This facility is NOT available to individuals endorsed on Parent’s/Spouse’s Passport i.e. each individual tourist should have a separate passport. This facility is NOT available to International Travel Document Holders. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR e-TOURIST VISA (eTV) ARE Scanned copy of information page of your passport in PDF format.The size of the scan has to be between 10 KB and 300 KB.Digital passport style photograph with the following requirements:Format - JPEGSize of the JPEG has to be between 10 KB and 1 MB.The height and width of the Photo must be equal - it has to be a square photo.Photo should present full face, front view with open eyes.Center head within frame and present full head from top of hair to bottom of chin.Background should be plain, light colored or white background.No shadows on the face or on the background.The photograph has to be without borders. Application PDF (which you can fill out from the Online Order Form. You will need to type your answers, save the PDF and upload it to the form.) Stay connected across India.Getting an e-Visa will also help you to get Trabug.Trabug is a unique solution. It provides you a high-end smartphone and 4G SIM card with unlimited data. All the information about localised services is preloaded and it is delivered at your doorstep anywhere in India. For a better travelling experience get Trabug. Review from a happy customer “We had a wonderful experience with Trabug. The customer service was a minimum 5 stars as we received immediate replies to our questions and tech support if there was a problem - which was mostly user error on my part. Trabug saved us the hassle and inconvenience of trying to obtain a sim card on our own, the phone was waiting for us when we checked into our hotel, and better yet - we were able to work whenever we needed to. We would use them again if we return to India and I would highly recommend Trabug.” KimDon Greene U.S.A.

Buying a SIM card in India

Great! you found us looking for a SIM card in India, but did you know that getting a local connection in India can be quite a daunting task. Even after getting one it is not necessary that your phone will work with a Local SIM card or not.This could be because either the GSM band of your phone is not compatible or your phone is locked to your carrier. Due to security reasons, getting a SIM card in India requires foreign tourists to furnish a lot of documents and there are many steps involved in the process, have a look: Step 1: Local referenceFor a Sim card you will need a local reference name and phone number(For instance you can’t apply for a Sim card in Delhi with a reference in Mumbai- it has to be a local number) It is not necessary that you will have a local reference. Your local reference will get a call from the network provider within 24 hours of submitting the documents. It is possible that only one phone call is made to the local reference and in case they miss that call, you may have to wait for a day or so get the call again. It is also possible that you may have to repeat the entire documentation process with a different number as your application may be rejected and then you’ll have to wait for another two days. Step 2: Final verification Once the network has called your local reference and your phone becomes active, it should display a signal. You then need to call the activation number (59059) from your phone and confirm the name and address details as provided at the time of applying for your SIM card. Step 3: Activation complete. Within 15 hours of your details being successfully verified, your SIM card should be active. Now you will have to go back to the shop and top up or recharge your phone with the data and voice plans that you desire. Make sure that you are in the same area in which you bought the SIM card for the activation to go through. For instance, if you bought the SIM card in Delhi, you cannot complete the activation if you have travelled outside of Delhi. It has to be done within the same area it was issued.