Using your mobile phone from home in India

Indian mobile networks use GSM at 900 MHz. Recently, 1800 MHz networks have begun to appear, but they still only cover small parts of India. If you want to have a reasonable chance of using you phone from home in India it should be able to handle 900 MHz.

Since many Indian providers have roaming contracts with international companies, you should not have problems using your phone in India with a foreign contract – but remember that making frequent roaming calls will leave you with enormous phone bills.

If you intend to stay in India for an extended period of time, it is definitely cheaper to get an Indian mobile connection. In many cases, this will be even more economical than getting a fixed line in India.