Best mobile phone connection for travelers in India

Today I finally got the best mobile phone connection for travelers in India, a MTNL Postpaid connection.

For the uninitiated, MTNL/BSNL are state owned public sector telecom companies in India, which together have the largest and most wide spread phone network in India. While private mobile phone companies are fast catching up, for travelers who like to visit not so famous places, BSNL/MTNL connection provides connectivity at maximum places.

For instance in Ladakh, while Airtel works in Leh city, BSNL works in Leh city, Nubra Valley, en route to Pangong Tso (newly put up tower at Durbuk), en route to Tso Moriri, at quite a few places on Leh – Srinagar highway and even in Padum (Zanskar Valley)!

Which means if you are going to Ladakh and want to stay in touch with friends and family, a BSNL/MTNL connection is the way to go. Though keep in mind that only your postpaid connection would do roaming in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, due to security protocols. Same is also true if you are heading to North-East India, where similar restrictions apply.

Hopefully this year I’ll be able to easily stay in touch with my family and wouldn’t have to scout for STD booth, at the end of the day.

Will keep you guys updated on how it works in remote areas and where all I am able to find mobile phone connectivity in Ladakh.

Ps. This reminds me, I also bought a new mobile phone a week or so back, will be posting its review in a few days.


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  1. Arun August 18, 2009
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