BSNL Prepaid International Roaming for Mobile | Activate Now

Many of us doesn’t know about BSNL Prepaid International Roaming and in which countries it is working, now here we are presenting about how to activate the SIM in abroad after reaching or before arrival, what are the charges for incoming and outgoing voice calls, SMS and data for BSNL Prepaid international roaming, let’s find all the required here…

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has introduced prepaid international roaming in 44 countries across the world, and it is extending day by day under BSNL Mobile services as per the technical possibility in tie up with the operators in that country, where the prepaid mobile users can check the list of BSNL prepaid international countries and the tied networks of that country along with the IR tariffs noted against each.

How to activate International Roaming in BSNL Prepaid SIM card?

As per the TRAI rule, operator does not provide International Roaming services by default, so, when the customer requires the facility in BSNL prepaid SIM card, must have to approach nearest customer service center for BSNL SIM replacement with new unpaired SIM supports international roaming called as BSNL DUAL IMSI International roaming SIM, and then after activation of the duplicate SIM, mobile user must recharge with below mentioned pack for successful activation of the facility for the prescribed period.

BSNL Prepaid International Roaming Pack

Maximum retail price of BSNL international roaming pack or special tariff voucher will vary as per technical feasibility mentioned below for each Zone / circle to activate or extend the service for every 30 days. Also BSNL introduced 90days validity pack for activation/ extension of the international roaming under GSM mobile services as mentioned below

International Roaming STV price in RsValidity
57 for East, West, North Zones
57 for AP / Telangana, Tamil Nadu,
56 for Karnataka
58 for Kerala
30 Calender Days
167 90days

The existing BSNL ISD special rate cutters are not allowed for international roaming, and all the existing ISD packs will work to reduce the tariff from India only, and as per the agreement, operator introduced BSNL International roaming tariff to provide the best telecom services, with new proposed in the market, but according to changes, this may revise from time to time on the Tariff agreement revisions between BSNL and International telecom operators of that country.

BSNL Prepaid International Roaming Countries List

AFGHANISTAN (Etisalat)AUSTRIABAHARAIN BANGLADESH 
BELARUSBELGIUMBRUNEI CANADA 
CZECH REPUBLIC DENMARK EGYPTFINLAND
INDONESIA ICELANDITALYJAPAN 
HONG KONG KUWAIT LUXEMBOURG MACAU 
MALAYSIAMALDIVES MAURITIUS MONTENEGRO 
MYANMAR NEPALNEW ZEALANDOMAN
PEURTORICOPOLANDQATARRUSSIA
SAUDI ARABIASINGAPORESRILANKASUDAN
SWITZERLANDTAIWANTHAILANDTURKEY
UAEUNITED KINGDOMUKRAINEUSA

In other than the above countries, International roaming facility is not available, near soon all the countries were provided with the required facility. For more inofrmation, please visit ir.bsnl.co.in

  1. Does all 2G 3G 4G Prepaid SIM cards supports International Roaming?

    No, the existing type of 2G / 3G / 4G BSIM cards does not work for Prepaid International facility, customer should replace with DUAL IMSI roaming SIM cards to work in abroad

  2. Is there free incoming SMS in International Roaming

    No, all incoming and outgoing text messages will be charged for every 160 characters as one SMS.

  3. How to activate Prepaid International Roaming in SIM card after reaching Abroad

    Before arrival to abroad or leaving from India, BSNL customer has to replace the existing SIM with Dual IMSI prepaid card to work International roaming for mobile services in any of the above said abroad countries.

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104 thoughts on “BSNL Prepaid International Roaming for Mobile | Activate Now”

  1. How do i activate the outgoing message from UAE to India? What are the plans which support the outgoing messages?

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    • Is the international roaming is available in Australia. I’m in Australia now, please tell me the plan. Thanks

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  2. Sir,
    I have put bsnl international roaming sim before my departure from bangalore on 14 mar 2022. But after reaching California my bsnl sim is not getting activated neither I can do anything on settings. Not able to send Or receive SMS.
    All my transactions linked to this SIM, I have lot of troubles by not receiving any info.
    My mobile is Redmi 6, is it anything to do with compatibility option with roaming network of Bsnl Or partner networks.
    This is my second visit & bad experience with bsnl.
    The customer service when enquired before installing this SIM, they said soon after landing in USA, reset the mobile it works….????
    Kindly someone help me….

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    • This is not my reply, but I am facing the same problem here, after reaching Nepal.
      I tried to change the configuration / settings in my Samsung M31 phone, as advised by BSNL STAFF at Ahmedabad, India, but to no avail.
      Worst, BSNL has not come out with stepwise procedure for activating Roaming facility. We r thankful to the local hotel/s here, which provide free Wi-Fi facility, while in the hotel room only !

      For tourists, only viable option seems to switch to local telecom service provider.

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  3. Hi I am Aseem. I just land in UAE but here no signal of BSNL or partner network. I replaced my sim with dual imsi and also done recharge of 167 and main account balance is more than 2000/-. Pls solve this problem.

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  4. I am bsnl user, now I am in taiwan, I am not receiving any msgs, I need to otp as soon as possible, any thing can be done. kindly pls inform. It’s too urgent.

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  5. I am malaysia now my sim bsnl but not live in Malaysia now I have BSNL sim but international roaming service is not available on this sim card please enable me international roaming service.
    My number +919478057094

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    • Hello sonu bhatti,
      Upon reached my America, I installed the BSNL roaming sim into my american cell phone that has a 1900MHZ frequency, and I went to network of BSNL, and changed to “international mode” and change the (network provider) local carrier provider in US for BSNL that is, that all it’s works. its as simple as that

      i am getting all the text and call from India. Peace of mind. BSNL rocks.

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      • Which American phone you bought? What is network address where you changed service to international mode, Who is the local(USA) carrier supports BSNL in USA. Did you get dual IMSI sim in India or USA?

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  6. I am in USA. Now. .l had taken an international roaming connection from BSNL at Cherthala. My sim was also upgraded to 4g as per their advice. I was told that it will work well.I had even reminded them one day before my departure to USA on15 the Jan 22. But nothing happened here. I called and talked to them a couple of times but in vain. They asked me to send the photo of the sim which I did .No change.Many people had advised me against going for BSNL still I chose. BSNL and I am disappointed by the way it turned out. I am sure BSNL will go the same way MTNL had gone.

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    • Boss today 02 Feb 2022 i was arrived here in UAE tought as usual like every other indian providing roaming incoming messages also network signal too with their partner network but all i thought is just a nightmare, Be honestly says, off BSNL

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  7. I have gone from jabalpur,m.p.India to Menlo park, California USA ihave pre paid bsnl sim iwant to activate international roaming facility on existing sim.pl help me.mlvrao

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  8. I am bsnl user, now I am in Oman, I am not receiving any msgs, I need to otp as soon as possible, any thing can be done. kindly pls inform. It’s too urgent.

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  9. Hi, I am leaving for Norway next week. Is BSNL prepaid network available there? All my bank accounts and official documents are connected with this number. I need the number to work in Norway.

    Please reply.

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  10. Hi There

    I bought a BSNL sim card and stated that I will be travelling to the UK and will require IR roaming. I was asked to top up Rs 57 to get this activated while in the UK. However when I did top up the service still not working. Can you please check?

    Regards
    David

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  11. Is BSNL prepaid roaming service available in Australia now?
    can i get prepaid international roaming sim for Australia?

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  12. I am using BSNL Prepaid Mbl . Now I am in india and there is no problem in using mbl in india. But I will be going UAE in next week and I want that my this BSNL MBL no. should be work properly in UAE. What I will be do and act for properly working of my this BSNL MBL no. in UAE. Please guide me in detail please.

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    • Approach Customer Service Center in your circle and ask for replacement of existing with Prepaid International SIM Card. After getting new, recharge with IR STV.

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  13. My daughter now arrived at Oslo, Norway for her Ph. D, Her bsnl sim was changed for international roaming at bsnl office situated at Hare street, Kolkata. After doing everything as suggested by employees present there, her sim is not working at Oslo. What is to be done next? That number is linked everywhere including bank account.

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    • Go to Network Operators under Mobile Networks
      Off Automatically
      Search for networks > Click Cellone > Select International Partner Network shown > Wait for 2 minutes

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    • Hello Sengupta, I am based out in Canada, I brought International Roaming SIM activated before leaving India. Upon reached, I installed the BSNL roaming sim into my Canadian cell phone that has a 1900MHZ frequency, and I went to network of BSNL, and changed to “international mode” and change the (network provider)local carrier provider in Canada for BSNL that is (bell mobility), that all it’s works. its as simple as that

      i am getting all the text and call from India. Peace of mind. BSNL rocks.
      Step1: get or change your cell phone that has a frequency more than 1900MHZ, and change the network mode to “international”
      and go to mobile network and change to local service provided in norway, tha this BSNL has business connection to.

      Arulkumar.J

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  14. I activate the International roaming from Hyderabad office but after came to South Africa it is not working. its showing message not registered on network. Could anyone please help me to resolve the issue.

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  15. I am California for the last two months my bank roaming worked OK. I was doing recharge of Rs. 56.
    As per bank message, that Rs.57 to be recharged instead of RS 56 from 1st Nov. Accordingly I did recharge of Rs. 57/- on 1st Nov. So far no activation.
    I requested bsnl for help through cmdcomplaints@ bsnl.co.in no response.
    My Sim no is 9480425820.
    Can any body help.
    Raghavendra.

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    • Your International Roaming services are in active status upto 05.12.2021, so please check your network settings at the present location.

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      • Can you please check what should i do to activate international roming in qatar, my number is 9947475225, Kerala circle.

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        • You must replace the existing SIM card with International Roaming SIM card before leaving parent circle and then with IR STV for activation.

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  16. What is the international roaming pack(UAE )for Kerala circle, I am in UAE now and how can active the international roaming pack, I need only SMS services for OTP, Please reply.

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  17. DEAR SIR
    I AM FROM INDIA AND I HAVE USE BSNL SIM BUT NOW I AM IN QATAR
    I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT START MY BSNL SIM IN QATAR .
    PLEASE SUGGEST THE SOLUTION.

    THANKS

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  18. Sir, I am now in USA and going to Noerthern Ireland UK. Please confirm whether I can use the
    same facility in USA and after reaching UK and who is your coordinator at Northern Ireland UK.
    Please confirm to my mail. Thanks 94444 53452

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  19. Hello Bsnl
    I am Desh Raj
    I am living French island New Caledonia. I need to get activate international roaming, Am not receiving any messages or calls or as well as not showing network also, and My BSNL number is registered for banking purpose and not able to use any banking services due to this.Please help me
    My Bsnl Mobile No +919817449607
    Thank you
    Raj

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  20. Dear BSNL,
    I’m right now in SRILANKA , my BSNL SIM (mobile number 00919444508870 ) was not changed to dual IMSI SIM while coming back to SRILANKA . Now I’m having trouble to get the OTP for anything registered under this number, Please advise how to activate the international roaming for this SIM from SRILANKA, in current situation I can not come to INDIA due to covid
    Please help asap.

    Thank you.
    S.SUDARSAN

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  21. Hello Bsnl
    Am at Bahrain ,
    I need to get activate international roaming, Am not receiving any messages or calls or as well as not showing network also, and My BSNL number is registered for banking purpose and not able to use any banking services due to this.Kindly revert me
    Thank you

    Rafiq

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    • Send a someone to BSNL office in India, Buy new international sim, Make that sim parcel to you, May be the person need to submit the original is of the SIM card holder

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  22. Dear BSNL,
    I’m right now in QATER, my BSNL SIM was not changed to dual IMSI SIM while coming back to QATER. Now I’m having trouble to get the OTP for anything registered under this number, Please advise how to activate the international roaming for this SIM from QATER itself, Cannot come to INDIA only for changing this SIM to Dual IMSI.
    Please help asap.

    Thank you.

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  23. At present I am in Bahrain, In India I activated international roaming last year that time no problem, and this time my phone missing I taken new sim here also international sim but now signal is not coming, it means not showing any indication.

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  24. I am in UAE and I am not receiving sms and signal (some time) in my bsnl SIM, I visited India-Kerala on 2020 Januvary and unable to go to india due COVID19, Could you please help me to replace my old to new sim in UAE itself.

    Best Regards,
    Ramesh Nair

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  25. Dear, Having said that IMSI sim card is mandatory for International roaming, is there an option to apply for that through online and receive through courier from our present location, Is that possible?

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  26. Hello, I have a BSNL SIM at Saudi Arabia. But the SIM was not being used for some months, Now when I checked I can not call or message from it, but by phone shows icons of BSNL and local service provider alternatively (I assume it means SIM is working), How can I know.
    1) What’s my number ?
    2) How much credit my SIM has?
    3) How can I make calls/messages using that roaming BSNL SIM?
    4) How can I recharge the SIM when I’m abroad?
    Will you please clarify these? Thanks in advance.

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  27. Right now iam in Liberia, in west Africa, I have converted my bsnl sim into international sim with recharge of 57/- but iam not getting otp and sms, iam using Samsung M30 mobile, how to get sms and otp for existing mobile please tell me if any one knows.

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  28. I am in Taiwan, I got the prepaid Imsi dual sim card before leaving India one week back, I am trying to get it activated here but unable to, I Tried to connect it to international roaming, I also changed it to Chunghwa telecom manually but it still says no service, Can you please help?

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  29. I am in the USA, I got the prepaid Imsi dual sim card before leaving India one week back, I am trying to get it activated here but unable to, I Tried to connect it to international roaming.i also changed it to t-mobile manually but it still says no service. Can you please help?

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  30. I am presently in UAE, I have recharged my existing SIM (Taken from Kerala), not international SIM, I have recharged for 58, Can I use this SIM for international roaming to get OTP? If no, is there is any way to get a new international SIM from Abu Dhabi, UAE? I think my Rs. 58 Govinda…

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    • International or Dual IMSI SIM card is mandatory to work on International Roaming, and also this can activate by your home circle only.

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    • I am present in UK. I can’t activate bsnl sim. Can i use this aim to get OTP or how can i used this number in uk

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  31. Dear Sir,

    At present I am in Oman. My BSNL number I have charged Rs-58 for roaming facility, But it has not been activated. How many days will it take to do activate, What is the procedure to do activate if the sim is in abroad.

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  32. I’m right now in uae, my bsnl sim was not changed to dual IMSI SIM while coming back to uae. Now I’m having trouble to get the Opt for anything registered under this number, Please advise how to activate the international roaming for this SIM from uae itself, Cannot come to india only for changing this SIM to Dual IMSI.
    Please help asap.

    Thank you.

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  33. I have a BSNL prepaid card, I am in Kuwait and I had roaming in my number before, I need to activate international roaming again.

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  34. Hello BSNL
    Actually my sim is Kerala roaming sim for UAE and also works it on UAE, But my problem is actually im activated roaming for incoming and outgoing messages but there is only incoming no outgoing, What is the next step to activate outgoing messages also, Give me a comfortable Feedback

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  35. I am in hofuf, saudi arabia, I want to activate my karnataka bsnl sim, Is it possible? How? My fees monthly for receiving sms or otp?

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    • Sir,
      Am in saudi arabia, my adhaar card is linked to my BSNL prepaid sim(karnataka), I urgently need to activate the service, How can i activate the sim from saudi arabia, whats the procedure, Pls inform me.

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  36. I am able to make a call from my BSNL International Roaming (IR Activated SIM) – Outgoing working
    BUT I am not getting any SMS & Call (Incoming not working).

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  37. Is there any chance to convert my sim to ‘Dual IMSI seamless roaming SIM’ from here, UAE ?
    Will I have to go back to India for that?

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      • Services of BSNL is like hell, This is unique idea of getting a different sim for roaming service. It is good idea to privatize this comapny then only they can find any good ideas.

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    • YES, You need to get a new SIM from BSNL for supporting International Roaming and then you need to activate the pack Rs. 57 for Singapore.

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  38. I not able to register to any network in UAE, I have BSNL International SIM and have activated International roaming pack. Error Message ‘Unable to connect’.

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  39. I am in UAE now, I have replaced my old sim with bsnl international prepaid sim, I can see network signal with ‘R’ symbol (Roaming sign), still am unable to receive messages or otp’s, Kindly suggest how can I proceed.

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  40. I Shyam Kumar Sharma, I have BSNL international roaming Sim but it’s not working not showing any network to select, It was working when I am in India after reaching USA trying to select international roaming but no signal no network showing please reply what to do next it’s require for my regular work.

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    • If your have not recharged with International roaming activation pack, just recharge with that immediately in online for activation of the facility, and in USA, BSNL ties with TMobile network, if your area covers with TMobile, you BSNL number will surely works.

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  41. Hello
    Am at Saudi Arabia,
    I need to get activate international roaming, Am not receiving any messages or calls or as well as not showing network also, and My BSNL number is registered for banking purpose and not able to use any banking services due to this.Kindly revert me

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    • Any customer required to replace the existing SIM with Dual IMSI seamless roaming (International roaming) sim card to activate IR services before leaving India along with IR activation pack, if not there is no chance to activate the required facility.

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  42. how to recharge BSNL international roaming activation charges of Rs 57 online after expiry of every 30 days

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    • Please recharge your BSNL prepaid mobile number through online mode / My BSNL APP or from retailer.

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  43. What is the international roaming pack(qatar )for kerala circle, I am in qatar now and how can active the international roaming pack, I need only sms services for otp, Please rplay.

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    • There is no separate roaming pack for Qatar,
      At first, you have to activate BSNL International Roaming on your prepaid SIM by replacing the normal SIM with DUAL IMSI SIM card and have to recharge with 58/168 for activation of the facility.

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      • Dear Sir,
        I have old BSNL telephone Sim , I would like to activate international roaming for using in Kuwait .
        Can you tell me please the procedure or link.
        Thank you

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    • Approach customer service center and ask for replacement with BSNL DUAL IMSI International Roaming SIM.

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  44. I have purchased BSNL international prepaid SIM card, I do not receive or cannot make voice calls nor do I receive any messages, I have activated the international network I receive the BSNL partner t mobile icon in U S But I do not get calls or messages Only through WiFi I am making calls by what’s app How to rectify this problem

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    • Please recharge with applicable International Roaming STV of your circle as mentioned in the article to activate BSNL International Roaming facility on your new SIM card.

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  45. I request you to do the needful
    1. to extend the validity and recharge from my balance in the mobile account, Suggest a way to recharge without OTP as I can not receive the OTP as I am abroad, Suggest any other way to recharge.

    What are the festive offers now or being announced in the near future for April 6 festival in Andhra Pradesh and any other information.

    Thank you
    Putchala Lakshmana Rao

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