Does BSNL International roaming services will provide on SIM card by default? Is international roaming available on BSNL prepaid, if having how can we activate BSNL prepaid international roaming? What are the new BSNL international roaming plans? Can I receive SMS in abroad without International roaming in BSNL SIM card? Where we have to find BSNL International roaming countries list? Will International charges differed for each country, how to find them?
BSNL provides International roaming services in 476 networks across the world at about 195 countries and the international roaming countries list covers every corner of the world.
At present BSNL International roaming facility is available for Prepaid and Postpaid mobile customers having the broadest coverage across the globe at cheapest charges with new BSNL International Roaming plans.
International Roaming in Foreign operator’s mobile network requires a genuine, compatible mobile handset working in the frequency of that mobile operator bands used by the fibers in the new country visited. Operator introduces BSNL International roaming for voice calling along with data and SMS roaming facility across the world.
Contents Of The Article
- 1 International Roaming Charges
- 2 BSNL Prepaid International Roaming
- 3 How can I activate International Roaming in BSNL Prepaid SIM card?
- 4 BSNL International Roaming Pack
- 5 What to do if BSNL international roaming not working?
- 6 BSNL International Roaming USA
- 6.1 International Roaming Charges for USA
- 6.2 USA International roaming SIM card
- 6.3 Zone 1 Countries for International Roaming USA charges
- 6.4 Zone 2 Countries list for International Roaming USA charges
- 6.5 INMARSAT list for BSNL International Roaming USA charges
- 6.6 BSNL International Roaming USA charges in USA / Canada / U.S. Territories
- 7 How to Activate BSNL International Roaming in Postpaid
- 8 BSNL international roaming guidelines
- 9 BSNL International Roaming Customer Care
- 10 BSNL International Data Roaming Charges
International Roaming Charges
The charges are variable depending on the foreign operators. The detailed BSNL International roaming charges of various countries and coverage is updated regularly as and when occurs.
All the Voice calls including BSNL International roaming customer care number are chargeable while the customer generates the call from overseas. The charges are operator dependent and charged for a 60-second pulse and SMS is charged for 160 characters for one outgoing SMS after that it will treats as 2 SMS.
Direct GPRS International Roaming has been launched by BSNL Commercially as on 21.06.2011 with 131 foreign operators in 83 countries. The Charges for GPRS/Data usage will charge concerning the volume of data sent or received, these charges are variable and utterly dependent on foreign operators, the local plans for GPRS/Blackberry which you have selected already are not valid in overseas
BSNL Prepaid International Roaming
BSNL has launched Outbound CAMEL (PrePaid) roaming in the month of October 2017 for the customers of BSNL roaming in the network of M/s Etisalat, UAE.
Later on, BSNL PrePaid International Roaming for outbound customers of BSNL prepaid recharge plans has also been launched with 10 more operators for PAN India customers namely M/s Omantel (Oman), M/s TMobile (USA), M/s Mobitel(Sri Lanka), M/s Ooredoo (Myanmar), M/s Zain (Saudi Arabia), M/s Etisalat/Mobility (Saudi Arabia), M/s Vodafone (Ukraine), M/s NTT Docomo (Japan), M/s Ncell (Nepal), M/s Ooredoo (Qatar), M/s HKT (Hong Kong). Further, more operators are in pipeline to launch BSNL prepaid international roaming in many countries.
Lets’s have a look about each countries BSNL international roaming prepaid packs.
How can I activate International Roaming in BSNL Prepaid SIM card?
If any prepaid customer requires to activate prepaid International roaming, have to approach nearest customer service center for BSNL SIM replacement with new unpaired SIM supports international roaming. After activation of the duplicate SIM, mobile user must recharge with below mentioned pack for succesful activation of the facility.
BSNL International Roaming Pack
The following is the price of international roaming pack or special tariff voucher mentioned for each Zone / circle to activate / extend the prepaid International roaming for 30 days.
|International Roaming STV Price with GST||Validity in calendar days|
|Rs. 57 for East, West, North Zones and Andhra Pradesh / Telangana, Tamilnadu.|
Rs. 56 for Karnataka.
Rs. 58 for Kerala
What to do if BSNL international roaming not working?
In prepaid services, you have to check, whether your recharge subscription is expired or not. If expired, just recharge with International roaming pack for every 30days of international stay. After recharge, your number will activate the said facility automatically. Where in BSNL postpaid mobile services, you have to follow the guidelines and activation procedure mentioned below.
Suggestion: Recharging BSNL international roaming pack before the expiry date leads to do not disconnecting the facility and does not take time for activation of the same again during vacation.
BSNL International Roaming USA
PAN India Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited launches Outbound CAMEL roaming services for mobile customers to travel to the USA. It is nothing but BSNL International roaming USA for prepaid cellular customers in association with M/s TMobile network of USA.
For this new BSNL International roaming USA facility, operator has designed the below-mentioned charges for prepaid usage. It explicitly mentioned separately for local and national mobile-originated voice calls, SMS, and data usage in the USA.
International Roaming Charges for USA
These are the charges when a prepaid BSNL mobile customer is in USA. These rates are applicable for each occasion when incoming and outgoing calls originated and terminated followed by SMS, data.
|Mobile Originated calls(Local & National)||Rs. 90.66/Minute|
|Mobile Originated calls to India||Rs. 151.41/ Minute|
|Mobile terminated calls||Rs. 76.16/Minute|
|Mobile-originated SMS||Rs. 27.20|
|Mobile Terminated SMS||0|
|Data (GPRS)||Rs. 77.06/100KB|
|Mobile Originated call to other countries||Tariff in Rs. /Minute|
|Zone 4 ( satellite)||783.34|
|USA/Canada/ US Territories||90.66|
|Premium Rate Nos.||68|
|US Directory Service||90.66|
|Emergency and Customer Care||0|
Will the existing STV’s works to reduce the tariff?
- The existing BSNL international roaming packs do not work abroad (roaming locations). All the current ISD STV’s will reduce the tariff of outgoing calls generated from India.
Are there any separate BSNL international plans?
- At present, BSNL launches prepaid international roaming as a new product for the USA. As on date, there are no separate BSNL International plans.
USA International roaming SIM card
How to get International roaming SIM to work in the United States?
- The existing SIM card does not for International Roaming. Rush directly to nearest BSNL service center and ask for replacement of SIM with USA International roaming SIM card.
Is there any separate BSNL International roaming application form to get the new SIM card?
- There are no forms to submit. Approach nearest CSC of your circle and follow BSNL SIM replacement procedure with the International roaming SIM USA. CSC staff will process it with your Aadhaar biometrics.
Zone 1 Countries for International Roaming USA charges
These are the list of countries covered under Zone 1 to charge at separate rates and right mentioned is the country codes.
|Bermuda||1 Prefix 1441|
|The Czech Republic||420|
|The Dominican Republic||1 Prefix 1809|
|1 Prefix 1829|
|1 Prefix 1849|
|Kazakhstan||7 Prefix 77|
|The Korea Republic||82|
|Lao People’s Democratic Republic||856|
|The United Kingdom||44|
|Venezuela, the Bolivarian Republic||58|
Zone 2 Countries list for International Roaming USA charges
All the below are the list of countries and their codes under Zone 2 service for charging of voice calls, SMS, and data.
|COUNTRY NAME||Country Code (CC)|
|Bahamas||1 Prefix 1242|
|Barbados||1 Prefix 1246|
|Bolivia (Plurinational State)||591|
|British Virgin Islands||1 Prefix 1284|
|Cayman Islands||1 Prefix 1345|
|Dominica||1 Prefix 1767|
|Grenada||1 Prefix 1473|
|Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic||389|
|The Moldova Republic||373|
|Montserrat||1 Prefix 1664|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||1 Prefix 1869|
|Saint Lucia||1 Prefix 1758|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||1 Prefix 1784|
|Sint Maarten (Dutch part)||1 Prefix 1721|
|The Syrian Arab Republic||963|
|Trinidad and Tobago||1 Prefix 1868|
|Turks and Caicos Islands||1 Prefix 1649|
|United Arab Emirates||971|
Zone 3 Countries list for BSNL International Roaming USA charges
The below Zone 3 countries ends with Zimbabwe and the list contains the country name and code to identify on which the tariff applicable
|COUNTRY NAME||Country Code|
|Antigua And Barbuda||1 Prefix 1268|
|Bosnia And Herzegovina||387|
|The central African Republic||236|
|The Congo Democratic Republic||243|
|Cuba (Guantanamo Bay)||53 Prefix 539|
|Falkland Islands (Malvinas)||500|
|Iran, the Islamic Republic||98|
|Jamaica||1 Prefix 1876|
|Micronesia, the Federated States||691|
|Papua New Guinea||675|
|Saint Pierre and Miquelon||508|
|Sao Tome and Principe||239|
|The South Sudan Republic||211|
|Sudan The Republic||249|
|Tanzania, the United Republic||255|
|Wallis and Futuna||681|
INMARSAT list for BSNL International Roaming USA charges
The list contains satellite connectivity of each ocean with country codes.
|COUNTRY NAME||Country Code|
|Inmarsat (Atlantic Ocean-East)||871|
|Inmarsat (Pacific Ocean)||872|
|Inmarsat (India Ocean)||873|
|Inmarsat (Atlantic Ocean-West)||874|
BSNL International Roaming USA charges in USA / Canada / U.S. Territories
Final list contains the territories of USA Islands, Fire, Police, Ambulance and premium rate numbers etc as mentioned below.
|COUNTRY NAME||Country Code|
|American Samoa||1 Prefix 1684|
|Guam||1 Prefix 1671|
|The Northern Mariana Islands||1 Prefix 1670|
|Puerto Rico||1 Prefix 1787|
|The Virgin Islands, U.S.||1 Prefix 1340|
|Premium Rate Nos.||18772099303|
|U.S. Directory Services|
|The United States||1 Number Range 12005551212-19995551212|
|Emergency||1 Shortcode 911|
|Fire, Police, Ambulance||1 Shortcode 112|
The above are the complete details about BSNL prepaid International roaming USA tariff. Check all the charges before you avail International roaming USA so that you can’t lose your money on any interval.
How to Activate BSNL International Roaming in Postpaid
- An application should submit along with two photos & passport copy for International Roaming to concerned BSNL authorities.
- He/she will charge Rs. 5000 as security deposit which was refundable and Rs. 99 as monthly rent for international roaming facility in addition to the standard plan charges and usage.
- After payment of a deposit, he/she will provide the International Roaming facility on subscribed BSNL postpaid 4G plans as an Addon service.
- Before you leave, check that your roaming function activates or not by merely calling BSNL 24 hours customer service helpline 18001801503.
- After the arrival into foreign country insert the BSNL International Roaming SIM card in the mobile handset, switch on the handset.
- Go to Menu & click on CellOne and select as International.
- By selecting this, you will get a message – “Cellone and Partner Network.”
- Select the option Cellone then you will get the message “Cellone International Selected.”If not works then, please select the network manually by selecting Setting then Network in your phone).
BSNL international roaming guidelines
- The mobile facility would be available for International Roaming option only while you are abroad.
- While within India, keep this setting to National.(Go to Menu, Select CellOne or BSNL Mobile and then select as National)
- Roaming in Foreign operator’s mobile network requires a compatible Handset which is capable of working in frequency bands used by the networks in the country visited.
- Check the Handset compatibility with Network frequency (GSM MHz 850/900/1800/1900) before traveling outside India and make sure that your handset will work in the country you are moving to Japan & Korea support 3G Hand Set, USA & Canada supports 1900 MHz Hand Set.
- To call back home dial the number with “+91”.
- Certain GPRS based applications viz. GPS, Facebook, Blackberry messenger or any other instant messaging application etc. continuously consume data bandwidth leading to high Data-Roaming charges even when you are not using the same.
- This applies to smartphones and high-end GPRS capable handsets which poll (communicate with) the home network continuously.
- BSNL advises you to take an informed decision to keep these applications switched-on, while you are overseas. For any assistance in the matter, please call our customer helpline.
BSNL International Roaming Customer Care
If you encounter any difficulties while roaming abroad, you can book your complaint at www.ir.bsnl.co.in or contact BSNL via phone by calling 24 hours customer care at +919434024365. In aim to respond quickly for those customer who have no chance to contact over phone can lodge their grievence through online portal option at ir.bsnl.co. in/cutomer_ care.jsp.
- Login to portal and submit your details like Name, Mobile, Visiting country, contact number, email ID, problem facing at abroad.
- After submission, concerned nodal officer relates to BSNL International roaming will contact you and solves the problem.
Loss/Theft of SIM card or mobile phone while overseas should be reported to BSNL immediately at 18001801503. In case the theft has not declared all usage immediately till the time of reporting will be payable by the GSM Mobile Customer Only.
BSNL International Data Roaming Charges
There is no separate plans for BSNL International data usage. All the charges are as per the mobile operator of that country visited.
- Ex:- If a customer of BSNL mobile visited United States, then he/she will charge as per M/s TMobile (USA) tariff.
The best option for utilizing data and to save your money in the form of data charges is opting for BSNL International WiFi hotspot. There is no extra charges, just subscribing WiFi hotspot pack and use unlimited data Internationally. For calling service, you must have to activate BSNL Internatonal roaming and for data International WiFi hotspots is an option.