Kolkata - 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?

We used a local provider (Jio). It was very inexpensive, but we had to get support in initiating cell service through the consulate since we didn’t have local IDs (passports were not accepted). We used Google Fi to fill the gap. - Aug 2021

I always use an unlocked phone with local SIM. Very cheap, like 13 USD for 10GB data plan - Dec 2020

Obtain one locally they are cheaper here unless you want an iphone. - Sep 2015

It's hard to get a cell phone SIM card. This can be very time consuming. - Dec 2010

They are cheap but not easy to get quickly. They have plans and pay-as-you-go. - Jun 2009

Everyone has them, the Consulate will help spouses set up a pay as you go phone. It is otherwise difficult to buy sim cards. - Mar 2009

Everyone here communicates via cell phone. People you meet once will ask for your cell number upon meeting you. - May 2008

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