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irmaferran
post Nov 20 2008, 07:20 AM
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Hi, most guest houses in Rajasthan, Agra and Varanasi have asked me to call them once I get to the station so they can come and pick me up. I am not taking my mobile there due to the high charges and I'm also against buying a sim card as it seems expensive too.
What do you recommend me? is it easy to find a payphone near by the stations? can i use them with coins or should I buy a phone card in Delhi, and can I use this all over India payphones?

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post Nov 21 2008, 11:52 AM
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I'm pretty sure payphones are available if they are asking you to call them when you get there.

Why not ask the guest houses themselves what you should do?


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post Nov 21 2008, 12:31 PM
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Many thanks I'll do that. I really hope to have no problems, on my last trip to Thailand we had so many hold backs with buses etc I am afraid I might lose my reservation as they only hold the rooms until certain time.... anyway I'll set off early to prevent big delays which seem to be common also in India.
By the way I've been reading your blog about Thailand, nice to get paid to travel! How do you manage that??

Many thanks for your tips and take care,

Irma

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I'm pretty sure payphones are available if they are asking you to call them when you get there.

Why not ask the guest houses themselves what you should do?

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post Nov 21 2008, 12:49 PM
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Probably one of our Local Experts will have something to say about phone calls in India. I sent them an email asking them if they knew.

I work for TravelPod, but I didn't get paid to go to Thailand. I was offered a free trip from the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Thanks for following my blog. I will follow yours too.


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post Nov 24 2008, 08:44 AM
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That's really helpful, many thanks!!

Irma

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The payphone/public telephone booth network is great in India!! The remotest of villages have them. This was an initiative taken up and executed by the brilliant guy Sam Petroda in the 80's. (Ladakh is the exception smile.gif

These are all Re.1 payphones. Put in a one rupee coin and you can speak for 3 min. There are also booths manned by physically handicapped people which have multiple phones, each one connected to a machine. You call will get billed on a cycle of 3 min and you can pay easily even if you don't have a stock of Re.1 coins. These manned public phones have decreased in number though, so I'd suggest always keep some Re. 1 coins with you.

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That's really helpful Raju, I'll do that, look for payphones or shops with phones around the stations and keep a stock of coins with me. That's great, looking forward to arriving in India.

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Irma


QUOTE(rajuindia @ Nov 22 2008, 12:51 AM) *

Hi,
Peace be at your home and in life too.
Yes, I am agree with Rekha Goyal that "The payphone/public telephone booth network is great in India".
But one thing I want to say that some time it is not so easy to get to call by 1 rupee coin phone call booth.
Almost in all over India you can find small shops we call them "STD, PCO, ISD ( Straight trancall Dialing) centers. YOu can just pay them for one call 2 rupees for three minutes.
It is very easy and you don't need to buy any sim card facility.
Even some time you can get help by local people just as a help and people don't mind, often people are very kind to help western people.
I hope it will help you.
Wish you all the best.
Raju India.

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post Dec 19 2008, 12:47 AM
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Pay phones are everywhere, and dead cheap. Look for the sign that says "STD ISD" ( I know, I had fun with the STD acronym as well).
Cell phones are cheap as well, lots of travelers have them, but for me, I like to not be in contact so much. . .


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QUOTE(irmaferran @ Nov 20 2008, 08:20 AM) *

I am not taking my mobile there due to the high charges and I'm also against buying a sim card as it seems expensive too.



expensive no.gif ... dude u can buy new mobile @ Rs. 2000 ($40) with call rate 50 Ps. anywhere in india............even cheaper than public booth............ this is india and u r welcome !


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post Dec 24 2008, 07:28 PM
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If you bring your own cell phone there ( and I looked into this), calls from India are extremely expensive (think 1.50 US per minute), but if you are calling in India, just get a mobile there, and it is cheap. Others can call you from wherever also that way.


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