Going Mobile in India

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I landed in Mumbai last night for my brother-in-law’s wedding and will be in India for a couple of weeks. Getting online was quite an ordeal, but I was finally able to get online with a Reliance 3G modem tonight. I’ve got quite a few stories to tell about the journey over here and how I’m staying connected. I brought quite a few gadgets along for the trip that I plan on sharing here on GBM and on I’m going to spend a lot of time shooting and editing photos. I apologize in advance if I flood the front page of GBM with stories related to my trip, but I have a backlog after being offline for almost two days.


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Xavier Lanier is the publisher of Gotta Be Mobile and a photographer. He uses too many devices to count, but his current favorites are the iPhone 5s, HTC One, Nikon D800 and Sony RX 100M II. You can follow him on Twitter and Google+.


  1. BBusyB

    12/03/2009 at 2:50 pm

    Xavier, if you’ve not already, Get a Perpaid SIM for your mobile as well, as the Calling, charges even back to the US are Stupid Cheap (Rs.6 /US$0.10 minute and no incoming charges).

    Also, Airtel, and I think Vodafone as well also offer Data on prepaid, though it is usually limited EDGE or GPRS, but at approximately Rs. 15-20 (US$0.40) a Day for unlimited usage its a great way to keep online all day and everywhere in the country. I did that the last time I was in India, and was able to get online almost everywhere, though at a pretty slow speed.

    If you need more speed or bandwidth, it might be worth going to a Reliance center and checking if they’ll let you plug you laptop in. They usually have a Ton of Bandwidth, and have pretty reasonable rates. Or Just look for a TATA Indicom Wireless hotspot and Buy a few days pass, though if you have Boingo, I believe they are a included in the global unlimited plan.

  2. HG

    12/03/2009 at 11:41 pm

    Xavier what HP laptop is the one you are using?

  3. Xavier

    12/04/2009 at 12:22 am

    @BBusyB Thanks for the info on the prepaid phones. My wife’s uncle gave me a prepaid SIM card for my Blackberry, but it doesn’t have a data plan so I’ll need to fix that situation asap.

    I’ve been using a USB modem from Reliance and I’m pretty happy with it so far.

  4. Xavier

    12/04/2009 at 12:25 am

    @HG I’m using the HP Envy 13 as my mobile machine during this trip.

  5. Stok Guru

    12/04/2009 at 5:02 am

    Hi Xavier,
    If u have time then wud surely like to meet someone from GBM for a coffee :) I live in mumbai so if u need any kind of info or help let me know. send me a mail and i will forward u my contact details.

  6. Xavier

    12/04/2009 at 3:37 pm

    Thx for your offer Stok Guru! Unfortunately I dont have much say as far as my schedule goes. My wife’s family is rushing to put on the wedding and I’m just doing as I’m told.

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