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

Use a local provider. - May 2019


I kept my home phone and plan and use my work phone which has a local number. - Aug 2018


Bring an unlocked phone and get a local pay-as-you go SIM card. The consulate can help you set this up; it's cheap. - May 2018


Bring an unlocked phone. - May 2016


An unlocked phone will work here with a local SIM card. Data is very cheap. You can pre-pay or post-pay for data at kiosks. I use Airtel and it has been pretty reliable all around India. - May 2016


It is a hassle trying to get a cell phone connection here. The amount of paperwork required to get one is enormous. But once you get it, it's cheap and very reliable. - May 2015


Just bring an unlocked phone; the Consulate will help you to get a SIM, and it is inexpensive for unlimited 3G/4G service. - Mar 2015


Bring a cell phone if you can. Even basic phones are pretty expensive on the local market. - Oct 2014


Just watch your bills. The phone works fine but there seems to always be discrepency in the billing. It's hard to get a cell phone as a traveler. - Oct 2014


You can bring an unlocked cell phone with you and buy a local SIM. Phones don't seem to be any cheaper here than in the UK or the U.S. - May 2014


I have an iPhone and got a local SIM to use it here. If you want a cheap phone just for calls and texts, buy something here. Otherwise, buy it in the U.S. Smart phones are extremely expensive on the local market. - Aug 2013


Cheap here. - Aug 2011


Cell phone service is all done by sim cards. They are plentiful and easy to get. - Jun 2010


Get a cute one. - Sep 2009


Quite cheap. Normal usage is around US$5-$15. I'd bring an unlocked one (they can do it here, too) rather than buy one. - Aug 2008


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