SIM card Blues

Written by admin on October 27, 2009 – 8:13 pm -

One of the very first things on one’s priority list is to get a local prepaid sim to get in touch with loved ones and friends or to simply make cheap local calls.

It’s a fairly straight forward affair, go to the store to buy a cheap prepaid sim which usually includes a few credits for sending SMS messages right? Wrong! Well not in Mumbai at least. In light of recent terrorist attacks who have used
mobile phones to plan and coordinate the recent Taj attacks, the authorities have now required all communication providers to verify the identities of their subacribers.

As a security measure, one needs to provide a photo, photo id, and proof of billing.

Now here’s where I’ve been running into a bit of trouble. Being ‘Fresh of the boat’ as some would call it, I don’t have any proof that I’m a legal working resident here except my residence alien booklet which surpringsily is not acceptable even thougt it is issued by immigration and the Mumbai police dept.

Acceptable proof of billing are electricity bill, landline telephone bill or lease agreement. Sad to say I don’t have these since my employer shoulders all of these expenses.

The funny thing is that my roaming sim card does work here albeit the high costs of sending SMS or making local calls. Most foreign sims are what you would call disposable which means they can’t be traced. There’s one major loophole for you.

So far the saga continues as my employer has submitted a certification and guarantee that Im employed by them.

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