Ive used the payphones in the street or close by to the beach, and on average it costs about £1 for just under 10 minutes on the phone to the UK.
Now I have an Indian Sim card which is slightly more expensive than the phones in the street, but still cheap enough.
One of the boys at the Oceanic Shack got my sim card for me. There is a little mobile top up shop right at Baga Beach,only one there, but dont know the name, sorry. There are other shops that you can buy the cards from too, eg. Elephant Shop in Candolim. Anyway he got my sim card in the shop at Baga Beach for me. I think they vary in price from about 700 rupees, mines cost 990 rupees but its a life time sim card. Some of the cheaper sim cards only last for a month, 12 months etc. Ive been on holiday to Goa 3 times since ive purchased my sim card and used it each time. I have a friend in holiday in Goa at the moment and she has taken my sim card to use as well.
Also as Sandyboy says its good that your family will then have a direct dialling number should they need to contact you for anything.
.GGJ..have to say gemma is spot on there I was given my sim card and was told it would run out in november so when I went to goa I toped the sim up but it was to run out on the 18th dec ....I had a few txs from idea...but I could not read them ...when I went to the elephant shop to see if there was any way round my sim running out in dec ..the lad at the shop said ..the only way round it was if I got a tx message from the ph company to say for X..amount of rupees my sim would last for another 12 mths .........the day before we went home I could not believe it I got a tx to say top up and get 12 mths more form your sim card ....so if any of you do get yourself a sim card please ..look out for this tx message ....or better still do as gemma says and ask for a life time sim card and then it will work every time you go to goa .....also like gemma I was able to lend my sim to one of our members who is away for christmas in goa ...colleen..
I sometimes ring my mates at work - just to find out the weather etc. and of course, tell them how hot it is in Goa.
But if you phone from your British mobile to another Britsh landline or mobile no then you pay for the call.
Also if someone phones your British Number from the UK using their mobile phone then you pick up the tab for that as well.
Its not worth it. I know Vodafone charge £1.50 per minute to call the UK, so best to stick with the street phones or phone from you Indian sim no.
I would want one where i could say put a tenner on and use it whilse i'm in goa.
Can't remember the exact costs as i've had a lifetime one for a while now, but kinda think the 999/-rps package gets you sim card,registration and around 525rps credit.
Maybe someone on here can enlighten a bit more if they use a sim for just the time of stay.
If you are in the north go to the Elephant shop in Candolim. Take your passport with you and he will sort out there and then with the best package for your needs.
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