graphic depicting outline of India with various network symbols for email and phone connections


Traveling with or purchasing electronic devices abroad

In order to comply with US federal regulations, all Emory travelers should review the export control forms and checklists for traveling with electronic equipment, both for Emory-owned and personal devices.

Cell phones

The GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) frequency band for India is at GSM 900 and GSM 1800, so your US mobile cell phone might not work in India (check with your service provider to be sure).

It is advised for visitors to purchase a SIM card for an unlocked phone in India. To buy a SIM card in India, you will typically be asked to provide a copy of your passport, visa, and passport-sized photos of yourself.

The most convenient way to purchase a SIM card is from the airport since they are accustomed to accommodating tourists. The next best option is to go to an official office of one of the top service providers such as Airtel, Vodafone, or Reliance.

The actual SIM card should not cost more than 150 to 200 rupees and the average costs for calls, texts and data are as follows (approximately 67 rupees to US $1):

  • Local calls = 1 rupee/minute
  • International calls =approx. 7 rupees/minute
  • International texts =approx. 5 rupees/minute
  • 3G data with Airtel = approx. 300 rupees/1GB
  • 4G data with Airtel = approx. 650 rupees/1GB

Derek Spransy
Senior Information Security Specialist
Office of Information Technology