BSNL to replace postpaid SIMs with Dual IMSI SIMs for international roaming

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has announced that it will replace postpaid SIM cards with new Dual IMSI SIMs. This is in response to numerous complaints raised by subscribers about difficulty in availing international roaming service on current single IMSI SIMs.


New dual IMSI SIMs will be issued for all new as well as existing postpaid subscribers to ensure smooth international roaming experience. The process of replacing the SIM will take about 3-4 days or upto a week in some case. However, the new SIMs does not activate international roaming on customers number and a separate request should be given for the same.

BSNL provides International Roaming Services through 476 networks across 195 countries across the world. However, unlike other operators, international roaming is not available for prepaid mobile subscribers. Also one have to pay a security deposit of Rs 5000 and submit documents like copy of passport in order to activate international roaming on postpaid connection.

Note : Do cross check with BSNL before opting

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29 Comments on "BSNL to replace postpaid SIMs with Dual IMSI SIMs for international roaming"


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April 25, 2016 10:39 am 10:39 AM

Why tt has not posted any article about bsnl 20GB @ ? 50. ?

Madhan Kumar
April 25, 2016 10:38 pm 10:38 PM

@Rajesh: It’s a hoax and the same thing is confirmed by Bsnl Officials itself.

April 25, 2016 12:01 pm 12:01 PM

Because it has not got any bribe money from BSNL.

April 25, 2016 11:44 am 11:44 AM

Because its most likely fake. BSNL has said no word on it and some retarded news agencies have got this exclusive news from their “Source”.

April 24, 2016 11:35 pm 11:35 PM

Is international roaming allowed in airtel Prepaid sim?
If allowed,What is procedure to activate it?

April 25, 2016 12:06 pm 12:06 PM

If you want to keep your number active abroad for more than 90 days in Airtel, dial *555# and activate any small SMS pack (like Rs.5 for 70 SMS with 1 day validity). For other operators : Enable any non recurring small data or SMS packs only via USSD command. This is done to avoid charging of monthly rental.

Do the above every 60 days as a safety measure. Do not just recharge. You must make a balance deducting transaction to keep your number active.

April 25, 2016 12:00 pm 12:00 PM
I am talking only about prepaid connections below : You will be charged Rs.99 as monthly rental* for international prepaid roaming in airtel and Aircel. No rental will be charged in Idea prepaid (but outgoing calls are high). You will be charged Rs.149 per month as monthly rental in Vodafone. * means – The rental will be charged only once for 30 days from the time of last transaction. If you do not make / receive any call or send SMS after 30 days, rental will not be charged. The same will apply for Aircel prepaid also. Method of monthly… Read more »
April 25, 2016 11:45 am 11:45 AM

Yes, unless you are from J&K, Assam, NE or UPE.

April 25, 2016 12:12 am 12:12 AM

Activated by default. Maintain balance above INR 100. 99 is deducted on the first call or SMS.

April 25, 2016 12:00 pm 12:00 PM

Wrong. See my message above this.

Jyotirmoy Manna
April 24, 2016 9:41 pm 9:41 PM

Bsnl should deliver micro and nano sims through an easy process and in all offices.

April 25, 2016 12:21 am 12:21 AM

Everyone now gives smart sim (normal + micro + nano) if BSNL still doesnt give then I can juss L0L on them

S Gopal
April 25, 2016 3:36 am 3:36 AM

BSNL Mobile does provide smart SIM. Recently a relative of mine shifted from a mobile requiring a mini/normal SIM to a micro SIM and when he approached the CSC and they gave him a smart SIM within a few minutes.

The trouble with obtaining a smart SIM is that not all CSCs have adequate stocks of them and usually the CSC where it is available are the ones which are located in the CTO, SSA HQ, Circle Head Office’s premises.