A technical glitch #Airtel #Delhi #Sico #DualSIM #SisterSplurge
As I mentioned in my post yesterday, Airtel has been trying to make sure that my 800 Rupees that seem to magically vanish actually translated into a service I was paying for. First there was the '24 hour' wait for activation - what was that all about? Then I waited and waited and had to reboot and et voila it worked. Oh wait - there wasn't any money. Wait what? We (I meant my cousin) had put in an extra 100 when he bought the SIM which apparently gave me 150 INR worth of calls and 5Gb of data (obviously not).
So we sent off good natured Chandu to put in some money but the shops weren't open. So we waited and tweeted in the meanwhile to find out what happened to the money that was put in already but in this digital age, India (and apparently Airtel) work at analog pace. I tell you it makes (can't believe I am saying this) du and Etisalat look competent and fabulous. There I said it - yes du/Etisalat, you can gloat for a bit. Don't say I am not averse to giving credit where its due.
So, we trudged off later to put in some money for me to be able to use the phone. Zilch. Thank God for WiFi at home. So wasn't completely cut off. Yes that's how I feel when I don't have Internet on the move. Phone calls and tweets later - we went back to the Airtel shop near home and suddenly we had money in our account. I think my cousin looked a bit intimidating (if that is possible). So then we had a couple of texts to set up "My Pack". Very exciting. Went out the next morning. No 3G.
Checked my phone. I am using a new Sico dual SIM android. Quite like the phone. Its quite functional for a low budget smart phone and okay if you use minimal apps because there's not a lot of integrated storage but it works as a travel phone with an external storage card. I would recommend it. Everything else seemed to be working. It was my first experience with a dual SIM. Back to the Airtel service. To cut a long story short, apparently I had to switch the two SIMs and put the Indian one in slot 1 for the 3g to work. And it did.
Well I'll find out later this morning since I haven't needed to use 3G since the swap but there was a new icon on the dashboard of the phone - so there is hope. Normal social media activity shall resume.