Minimum Recharge to Keep SIM Active: Jio, Airtel, Vi & BSNL

Those days are gone when we used to have lifetime validity on our number. Now it is necessary to do a minimum recharge every month to keep SIM active. Till a few days back, our sim cards were showing the validity of up to 2037 and now, out of a sudden, we are asked to do minimum recharge to extend sim validity, every month. There is no lifetime validity recharges available anymore, and it’s mandatory to recharge every month to make outgoing calls.

If we don’t maintain the minimum balance (For a long time), we will lose our number. It applies to all operators, Airtel, Vi (Vodafone & Idea), BSNL & Jio. In this post, we will see if we can get a free validity extension without any recharge & what are the lowest-priced options to keep our number active.

What You Have To Do To Keep SIM Active:

Since the introduction of this usage policy, the user needs to do a minimum recharge of Rs.49 every month, giving them 28-day outgoing call validity and some talk time balance (₹39-49) with limited validity. And if they don’t do the minimum recharge, their outgoing will be immediately barred.

Moreover, if the customer still doesn’t recharge with a minimum pack, then your incoming call will also be barred after 15 days. And after few days, 60 days usually, the number will be deactivated. So the thing is that you need to keep doing recharge if you want to keep your sim card active.

Keep SIM Active Without Recharge

It got even worse recently in 2021, Now, Vi & Airtel has removed outgoing SMS Service from all plans costing below ₹128. Same in Jio which doesn’t have a basic plan and you can’t do outgoing calls and SMS without a plan which costs ₹129 per month.

TRAI Rules On SIM Deactivation:

After getting lots of complaints from users, TRAI directed mobile operators. TRAI has said that companies can’t disconnect the number until the user has sufficient balance in the account.

This is what these guidelines mean:

  • If your sim has a balance equal to the minimum recharge amount (Usually Rs.49), your number won’t be disconnected. You will continue to receive calls and SMS without any further recharge. But, the sim card operator will deduct a balance equal to the minimum monthly recharge pack from your main balance.

  • You can also make calls from your existing balance and it’s valid as long as your sim is active. But, the minimum recharge plan comes with limited validity talk-time. It will lapse once the plan’s validity is over.

  • The minimum recharge amount is around Rs.39-49 and can be activated from the existing prepaid balance but it will only give you the validity of 28 days, with limited validity talk time benefits. (And no outgoing SMS Validity).

  • Incoming calls will be active for another 15 days once your outgoing validity plan has expired.

  • If you don’t recharge after these 15 days and don’t have sufficient balance, incoming calls will also stop, and the number can be disconnected. Vi & Airtel follow a 60 Days grace period. Jio has a 90 days grace period in place. BSNL has a much longer 180 days Grace period.

What If Your SIM Card Has Enough Balance?

If you have a large amount balance like Rs.500 in your prepaid account and don’t do any calls using that number for a long time, the service provider will deduct an amount equal to the minimum recharge pack every 30 days.

The minimum pack starts from Rs.49 which means your sim will be active for the next 10 months without any recharge. Your service provider will keep deducting the minimum balance from your account & for example, an Rs.500 balance will be enough for up to 10 months.

Minimum Recharge to Keep Number Active 2021

There are two kinds of plans, some allow only outgoing calls and incoming calls & SMS only. While other priced plans allow you to do outgoing calls and SMS both. There are unlimited plans as well, with unlimited calls, 100 SMS per day and data as per your plan value.

If you need only incoming/outgoing calls & IC SMS and no outgoing SMS then you can recharge with the minimum plan available. But you will not be able to send any SMS. This also means you will not be able to send PORT SMS or UPI SMS, those are required when you re-register for UPI.

I have seen people complaining about why their UPI registration is failing even after doing the minimum required recharge. The reason is that you might have recharged with a plan which doesn’t come with outgoing SMS validity. Below we will see the minimum recharge value for all the operators.

Operator Wise Cheapest Plans to Keep Number Active:

OperatorBest PlansBenefits
Jio₹129Unlimited Calls + 300 SMS + 1GB Data For 28 Days
Jio₹199Unlimited Calls + 100 SMS/Day + 1.5GB/Day For 28 Days
BSNL₹397300 Days Validity + UL Calls, 100 SMS/Day & 2GB/Day For 60 Days
BSNL₹94100 Min. + 100 SMS – ₹0.30/Min. Calls + 3 GB Date & 75 Days Validity
Airtel₹149Unlimited Calls + 300 SMS + 1 GB Data For 28 Days
Airtel₹219Unlimited Calls + 100 SMS/Day + 1 GB/Day For 28 Days
Vi₹129Unlimited Calls + 300 SMS + 2GB Data For 28 Days
Vi₹449Unlimited Calls + 100 SMS/Day + 4 GB/Day For 56 Days. + Weekend Data roll-over, UL Night Data & Zee5 For 1 Year.

I feel these are the best plans for most users, you can see more plans in detail, separately below I have not included BSNL Packs with daily data as they don’t have 4G coverage in most of the locations.

Airtel Minimum Recharge to Keep Number Active:

In Airtel, You need to recharge with a minimum of ₹49/79 (Circle wise) every 28 days to keep your number active with outgoing calls. If incoming calls are all you need, you can wait for another 7 days before the next recharge, at max, post that even incoming calls will be barred. Airtel ₹49/79 plan doesn’t have outgoing SMS validity.

Airtel minimum recharge with outgoing SMS service starts from ₹128 which comes with only service validity (Incoming/Outgoing SMS & Calls both) and no balance so better avoid this plan. Another option is the ₹129 plan which has Unlimited calls, 300 SMS, 1 GB Date and 24 days service validity.

₹79₹64 Balance, 28 Days Validity, No OG SMS.
₹128No Balance, 28 Days OG Calls & SMS Validity
₹129Unlimited Calls, 300 SMS, 1GB Data – 24 Days
₹149Unlimited Calls, 300 SMS, 2GB Data – 28 Days
₹199Unlimited Calls, 100 SMS/Day, 1GB/Day Data – 24 Days
₹219Unlimited Calls, 100 SMS/Day, 1GB/Day Data – 28 Days
₹249Unlimited Calls, 100 SMS/Day, 1.5GB/Day Data – 28 Days

Airtel ₹19 plan which comes with 200 MB of Data and unlimited calls with 2 days validity can be a good option if you want to make calls during the grace period. Your incoming and outgoing service will be activated immediately but I can’t confirm if it’ll reset the grace period & keep sim active for another 60 days. Ideally, it should but someone need to try and confirm it with Airtel customer care.

Jio Minimum Recharge Plans to Keep Number Active:

In Jio, the Minimum recharge to keep the number active starts from ₹98 which has 14 days validity, 1.5GB of Data per day and no outgoing SMS. You can recharge this once every 14 Days + 90 Days (Grace period) if you want your number active for the cheapest price. Another plan is ₹129 which has 28 Days validity, 1GB of Data & 300 SMS. The best option is the ₹329 plan which has 84 days validity with unlimited calls, 6 GB data and 1000 outgoing SMS.

₹98Unlimited Calls, No SMS, 1.5GB/Day – 14 Days
₹129Unlimited Calls, 300 SMS, 1GB Data – 28 Days
₹149Unlimited Calls, 100 SMS/Day, 1GB/Day – 24 Days
₹199Unlimited Calls, 100 SMS/Day, 1.5GB/Day – 28 Days
₹329Unlimited Calls, 1000 SMS, 6GB Data – 84 Days

Vi Minimum Recharge Plans to Keep Number Active:

In Vi, minimum monthly recharge plans start at ₹49 while it’s ₹79 in some circles. There’s another ₹95 plan with 56 Days validity, but none comes with outgoing SMS validity. The best plan for non-data users is ₹129 which has Unlimited calls and 300 SMS for 28 days. If you use the internet using Vi sim, I suggest, recharge with ₹449 plan which has 4GB Data/Day, Weekend Data Rollover, Unlimited Night Data benefits. You also get Zee5 Premium for 1 year under promotional offer with this plan.

₹49/79₹38/64 Balance, 28 Days Validity, No OG SMS.
₹95₹74 Balance, 56 Days Validity, No OG SMS.
₹128No Balance, 28 Days OG Calls & SMS Validity
₹129Unlimited Calls, 300 SMS, 2GB Data – 28 Days
₹199Unlimited Calls, 100 SMS/Day, 1.5GB/Day Data – 28 Days

BSNL Minimum Recharge Plans to Keep Number Active:

Currently, BSNL is the cheapest option you have got if you need outgoing calls and SMS both. You can recharge with the ₹397 plan which has 300 Days outgoing validity. You also get 2GB/Day and Unlimited calls for the first 60 days. There are plenty of plans in BSNL starting at ₹49. However, that also hiked their plans from 1st August but they are still considerably cheaper compared to Vi & Airtel.

There’s no Outgoing SMS Restriction in BSNL.

₹49100 Minutes (₹0.45/Min.) + 100 SMS + 2GB DATA – 28 Days
₹94100 Minutes (₹0.30/Min.) + 100 SMS + 3GB DATA – 75 Days
₹106100 Minutes (1 Paisa/Sec.) + 100 SMS + 3GB DATA – 84 Days
₹397300 Days Validity | 2GB/Day + 100 SMS Per Day For First 60 Days

How to Extend SIM Validity Without Monthly Recharge:

Now many users are asking if there is any way to extend sim validity without doing recharge every month. Here are possible ways to do so.

1. Send a PORT Message and Ask Customer Executive For Validity Extention

Some users have reported that when they sent a message to port out and got a call from the service provider, they asked to extend sim validity. Some of the users said that it worked for them and their validity was extended for a few days without doing any recharge. You can so try this out to see if you are lucky enough to get a validity extension without any recharge.

You simply have to send an SMS to 1900 in the following format: PORT<space>NUMBER

Let me know in the comments below if this trick works for you.

2. Port Out to BSNL or Jio For A Longer Validity

As a new customer, you get a lot of benefits. If you don’t want to recharge with a minimum amount every month, you should port out to any other operator.

BSNL & Jio can be the best option for such users as users have no such condition. You still have to do recharges but not every month. Jio and BSNL have a longer grace period than Airtel and Vi. You can keep getting incoming calls and SMS in your Jio sim without recharge.

Also, BSNL has a lot of Validity plans to start with. Initially, when you get your new sim card you don’t have to do recharge with anything extra as it already comes with 6-12 month validity for new users.

Once 6 months are over you can do a validity recharge on your BSNL Number. You can do a validity recharge from your prepaid balance as well.

BSNL has very cheap plans to extend sim validity. For example, Rs.397 validity pack gives you 12-month validity, 2 GB/Day data and unlimited calls for 60 Days. So considering this BSNL seems to be the best choice for most of the users as Jio is 4G only network so Jio is not gonna work for those users whose phone doesn’t support 4G.

If you are a smartphone user, you can keep one primary sim of any operator that you will recharge every month. And you can use BSNL or Jio as a secondary sim card for emergency purposes.

Keep in note that, some smartphones don’t support dual 4G standby. So make sure if you get a Jio sim, you have to use it as a primary sim (for internet access) or otherwise it won’t get any signals.

You can get any sim if you are sure that your phone supports dual 4G standby.

3. Activate Validity Extension Pack From Your Prepaid Balance

You can also activate the validity extension pack from your existing prepaid balance. Current plans start from 49 INR and give you the validity of 28 days. You can keep activating these packs from your balance and can continue to use your SIM.

You can do this for as long as you have enough balance in your prepaid account balance. But when you have no balance in your account, you will have to do recharges.

If you don’t activate any validity pack despite having sufficient balance, your service provider can deduct the required balance and activate a minimum pack on your behalf.

This way you will still keep paying monthly but the frequency to do recharge manually can be decreased.

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FAQs On Jio, Airtel, Vi & BSNL SIM Validity:

What is Jio SIM Validity Without Recharge?

Jio SIM validity without a recharge is 90 days after that, you need to do the minimum recharge to keep the sim active. Officially, the Jio SIM grace period is 90 days without a recharge but it works for a lot longer time than that. Just make sure that you get a few incoming calls on this number, every once in a while.

What is the minimum recharge in Jio to keep the number active?

Jio’s minimum monthly pack starts at ₹129. You can do unlimited calls for 28 days with this pack. You also get 2GB of data in this pack which is valid for 28 days. JioPhone users can get a similar plan for ₹75 only.

What is Grace Period In Airtel, Jio, Vi & BSNL SIM?

Vi & Airtel SIM grace period is 60 days. Jio follows a 90 days grace period. BSNL has 7 days Grace 1 period with all services active & another 6 months Grace 2 period before your sim card is deactivated. You can contact customer care on 198 for more clarity.

Which is the Best SIM For Incoming Calls & SMS Only?

Jio is the best option if you want a SIM for incoming calls and SMS only. It works for 90 days without recharge & does not stop incoming calls and SMS services. But for outgoing service, you need to recharge with a minimum of ₹129 every 28 days.

After How Many Days Airtel SIM Gets Deactivated Without Recharge?

Airtel sim will be deactivated after 60 days of non-recharge. Outgoing calls stop immediately after your pack expire but you will continue to get incoming calls for the next 7 days. After this grace period, now if you don’t recharge for another 60 days, your airtel sim will be deactivated.

Is Incoming Free In Jio Without Recharge?

Yes, incoming is free in Jio & you don’t have to recharge just to keep incoming calls & SMS active. It works for as long as your number is active. It’s better compared to other operators where you have to pay for incoming calls as well.

So these were the possible options to extend sim validity without recharge. Do let me know if you have a better option or suggestion to keep sim active for the maximum time while paying the minimum amount possible.

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  1. Hi Hitesh,

    Thanks for the article. It’s very informative

    Can you suggest a minimum recharge value to keep Airtel SIM active while living abroad ? (must receive incoming SMS). I have Airtel SIM in TN Circle.

    Thanks in Advance,
    Dinesh

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  2. Hi hitesh , good article ,

    I have just ported my airtel no. In jio network ,
    Service provider told me that I have no worry to recharge for 1 year . As he will recharge my no. By ₹49 .Is it right information?

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    • Not true AFAIK. Better recharge once every 90 days, Jio doesn’t disconnect inactive numbers as of now so can take chance but recharging once every 90 days is the safest option.

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  3. You have answered to Sneha on 21st that all incoming is blocked whereas she was asking whether incoming sms is blocked within grace period,obviously you have not answered her question

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        • See, for the first 7 days, incoming calls and SMS both are allowed. After that, there’s 60 days grace period, no incoming call or sms allowed & after 60 days, they can deactivate your number.

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      • Incoming calls and sms are coming and they will come for a week that’s why it’s called grace period.As to number getting cancelled the period is tentatively 2 months but a friend of mine has not recharged for 5 months and he has still retained the number.

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  4. Hi brother I am using jio sim right now I am in dubai I want get otp and sms with less amount every month I am recharged 149 so I want less amount for keeping sim to active always then again one doubt how much for deta pack

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    • No need to recharge for Incoming SMS, just recharge once in a while with a ₹129 pack (One every 80 Days). If you are there for a long time, get a local sim and use that for data usage.

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  5. On Airtel SIM, immediately after my pack expires, I continue to get incoming calls for the next 7 days, after the 7-day period, if I don’t recharge for another 60 days (within the grace period), I will not get any incoming call but my query is whether I will get ‘incoming SMS’ on Airtel (within the grace period) or not?

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  6. I am going to UAE. I want to keep my Airtel sim active, atleast to receive incoming SMS. What is the minimum recharge to keep it active? Also, should I recharge the minimum amount from India?

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  7. Hi Hitesh,
    I will be going to Oman for 2 years and want to retain my Indian Sim to get bank OTPs and regular service whenever I visit India for 5-6 days in a year.
    My present sim is Jio
    Pls suggest which network and recharge plan will be best to receive sms at Lowest price

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  8. Hi @Hitesh,

    I just converted from Vi postpaid to prepaid. I use that want that SIM active & use only in case of if first SIM is not working / having network issue.

    It is just idle sim which will not be used much. Can you please suggest best option plan & operator for this use case. If I can port out to any other one.

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    • BSNL’s ₹397 plan with 300 days validity would be better for you. You can also port to Jio but you’ll have to recharge with a minimum of ₹129 before you can make any outgoing call.

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  9. Hey, Great article!

    I am planning to port my Sim to JIO. Just wanted to check – during the grace period of 90 days when there is no pack active – do we get Incoming messages and calls or is it blocked?

    also, is there any way to automate recharge every 90 days or so?

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  10. For Airtel user who wants data only in my uttarakhand circle only option is 401 recharge.
    Previously 98 recharge used to give 12 GB data and 28 days validity, but now no service validity with this plan.Idea is still offering 12 GB with 28 days validity.
    Thus Airtel is looting its customer by forcing to do 149 recharge first with only 2 gb data and unlimited calling then do Rs 98 recharge for 12 GB data.
    Thus shell out Rs 247 for Data usage.
    I don’t need unlimited calling as I have other number for this.
    Thinking of Porting to BSNL which has lowest data tariff in the telecom industry.

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    • For Data usage check Vi, their ₹449 plan gives 4GB/Day with weekend data rollover and unlimited night data. Also, check Jio ₹151 plan has 30 GB of Data but no calling benefits. Check BSNL’s speed in your area before you port to it, I’m yet to see 4G networks in BSNL, clearly not a good option if internet access is the main use case.

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  11. Hi Hitesh,
    Very nice and useful article. I am an NRI and need my sims active for Bank SMS.
    For Jio, I follow your advice ( recharge of Rs 129). But Vi, Rs 49 recharge has only 14 days service validity. I tried Rs 100 top up and got 28 days validity and 81.75 talk time with no validity. So Rs 100 recharge is a better option than Rs 95. Please advise.

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  12. Hi really nice article, but 1 doubt I still have
    – I have a jio sim and I am going to Germany for my further study but can’t loose this number as it is provided for all banks and official places. My requirement is like I should receive SMS from bank for OTPs and nothing else. What should I do? I am planning to port it into Airtel as I have heard JIO does not work properly outside. Can you guide me?
    – It is ok to switch to Airtel or VI? Dont want to go for BSNL.

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    • Yes, you can port to Airtel. You’ll have to recharge with ₹79 every month to keep incoming active. If Jio doesn’t work properly, Airtel is the best option.

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      • Thank you so much, brother.
        Also, I should activate the international roaming right?
        One guy from airtel told me to activate it and do some recharge of 400rs, which I thought useless, but what you told me is affordable as a student and I will do the same.

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        • Not necessary if you don’t want to use this sim for Outgoing or Data, Which I assume you won’t, considering how expensive it would be. I suggest once you confirm with customer care if you would be able to get incoming SMS or not, with a basic plan.

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  13. Hi
    I am settled in Nigeria and now facing issues with my Jio sim which I had lately ported . Actually, I had ported my Idea sim to Jio sim as the net connection for jio was best at my place. But now when i reached Nigeria I noticed that no SMS can be received., inspite I had recharged Rs. 129 to keep my sim active when abroad. Can you please suggest any good and cheap option to keep my jio sim active for 10 months like I used to do for idea sim when i used be abroad. Thankyou.

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    • It seems your only requirement is number retention. You can recharge with the ₹129 plan once every 28+90 Days (28 Days is Plan validity & a 90 Days grace period in Jio).

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  14. Hi Hitesh,

    Very good and useful information, and impressive writing. Its cover almost all the queries, and most importantly relating to people like us for using while in foreign countries. No confusion at all now.
    Thanks

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  15. Hello Hitesh, It’s a very good article. I am located in Canada. I have a Vodafone SIM that I use when I visit India. So, I don’t need any services other than I just want the SIM to remain active. I’ll need the SIM as soon as I land in any airport in India. What is my option to keep the Vodafone SIM active? (Rs. 49/- every month?) If the best option comes from a different service provider, can I port the SIM while I’m abroad?

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    • You need to be here to port SIM to any other operator or you can share UPC Code with a family member and they can get sim ported on their documents & you can collect it from them on your next visit. Or keep on recharging with ₹79 (₹49 Plan has 14 days validity now) once every 28+55 Days (28 Days Plan Validity + 60 Days Grace Period). Also, make sure to port it to BSNL (Best for your use case) or Jio on your next visit to India.

      Thanks

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      • Yor blog is so informative. Thanks for it. Now I wanted to clear some doubts. I got jio phone in spare and I want my least used vi number to be ported to jio. Is it possible that I recharge for 75 rs for 28 days and thereafter in grace period of 90 days I recharge for 10 rs for outgoing needed in just case of urgency. So is it possible to repeat the above process every three months so that in grace period if I want to make a call, I might be able to.

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        • Yes, you can recharge once and later enjoy free incoming calls for 90 days grace period. However, if you need to make a call in grace period, you need to recharge with a minimum of ₹39. It’ll give you unlimited calls for 14 Days & will reset your grace period.

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          • Thank you so much for your reply. But still I am not clear that in grace period is it possible to recharge 10rs for outgoing as it has no time limit to spend unlike 39rs where I get outgoing for 14days only. In nutshell, I would like to know what is the cheapest option for outgoing facility in grace period?

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            • No, you can’t make calls using topup recharge in Jio. You need to recharge with a valid recharge pack to make outgoing calls. Minimum you need to pay ₹39 for 14 Days or ₹75 for 28 days to make outgoing calls.

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    • They don’t provide the same number with a prepaid connection. But you can get the same number if you take a postpaid connection which is a bit expensive compared to prepaid. However, you can switch it to prepaid after few days.

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  16. Hello Hitesh,

    First of all great article brother.

    Just a few changes, now in VI the 49 plan offers service validity of 14 days only instead of 28 days so you might need to make some changes in the article.

    Apart from this, I wanted to ask that if my port out my VI number to JIO then do I need to make any initial recharge to start receiving SMS and incoming calls? and second question, how would I know that my SIM is going to be discontinued, is there any validity which could be checked for the SIM on my JIO app if no recharge is done? or will I get the calls from the customer case notifying me that I might lose my number.

    This is because I need to port my Primary number but I just want to receive the incoming calls and SMS, please help.

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    • Hi Nilay, ₹49 plan is still giving 28 days validity in some circles and to specific users who haven’t recharged for few days so I haven’t updated it.
      You can port to Jio and they are giving free 2-month recharge for a very minimal price or even free.
      Airtel & Vi send a couple of SMS before actually disconnecting but as Jio is not deactivating numbers even after no recharge for 90 days so no alert apart from calls to remind you to recharge(They don’t tell exact timing).

      For your use case, porting to Jio is the best option as you don’t have to pay for incoming calls and SMS & manually track when you have to recharge with the Calendar/Reminder app on your phone.

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      • Nice Article.

        There was an article in TOI few months back where when someone tried to port out of Vi, he didn’t get his number. Vi alloted it to someone else. I want to port out of Vi to jio but holding it back due to this reason only. Pls guide

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  17. Nice article! I live in Nepal. I need Indian sim just to receive OTP. So which sim card I should buy for incoming SMS only?

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  18. Hi amazing info. Thanks
    Ok I have my official No as Airtel. Since it’s 20 year old no I am unable to let go of it.
    I have Jio as secondary no but the sim is not in my name. There is no option of transfer of ownership. But jio works way cheaper. So I recharge Jio 555.

    I wanted to keep Airtel No alive for atleast incoming calls and SMS. So I used to recharge 49. Buggers have removef this option. Can you suggest what to do. I need this airtel No for sure. Suggest me option to teach Airtel a lesson coz these guys are rude.🤦.

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    • First, You can Port Jio to any other operator to transfer it to your name, I did the same. Second, I suggest, port your Airtel number to Jio or BSNL. Incoming calls & SMS are always free in Jio and you can recharge once every 90 days to keep your number active at minimum cost. BSNL also has a 397 rupees plan which has 300 days validity & a 6 month grace period (No IC in Grace Period 2).

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      • Hi thanks for your reply. Let me understand what you are saying here.
        1) ur suggesting me to port jio. But won’t they ask verification doc in porting? Since the doc is some one else’s while porting won’t they ask me their document and not mine?

        2) if jio No gets ported and I get ownership, can I get back to jio to enjoy the benefits that I had on the no. Because in my area Jio is the best.

        Kindly advice.

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        • 1. You just need your documents, nothing else. Porting doesn’t require documents of the existing owner.
          2. Yes, but you need to wait for 90 days before porting back to Jio. If you port to Vi or Airtel, you’ll be getting 2 months plan for free (Check in your area).
          Thanks :’)

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        • Can’t confirm. It may work as Jio has mentioned no minimum required recharge. But, you will not be able to make any outgoing calls so they might deactivate your number on non-usages grounds. If the number is important, Personally, I would avoid it.

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  19. Hi hitesh thanks for the article, I’m planning to go out of India for work n wish to maintain my number…can u suggest how I can do this o is there any recharge for lifetime validity

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  20. Hi great post and tips.
    I’m also looking for a way to keep the Jio Sim outside India for OTP etc. Should a top up of Rs. 500 work without buying the plan?

    Also, why don’t you provide an option for us to follow your nice blog on this site? I searched and didn’t find anywhere the follow option!

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    • I suggest, recharge with a minimum of ₹129 every 90 days. Jio doesn’t stop incoming calls and SMS even without a recharge but the recharge will insure that your sim is not deactivated.

      I haven’t seen Jio auto deducting balance to extend grace period like Airtel & Vi so recharging with a plan will be the safest choice. Or maybe you should look at BSNL ₹397 plan.

      – Just began to work on this blog again. Will be adding a subscribe button soon. Thanks.

      – Currently, you can join us on Telegram. 🙂

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  21. HI,

    i am planning to go to US, what is the better plan for validity extension ?? i want a plan where in i can receive min Incomming msgs..

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  22. I want incoming calls and SMS to remain active while I don’t use my 4G Smartphone. Will jio be the best? I have jio phone too, if that can be used to trick and get smaller recharge after the 90days?

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    • Yes, Jio will be best, just recharge once every 90 days and make a call. As you have JioPhone as well, you can recharge with just ₹39 every 90 days (+Plan Validity).

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  23. Hey! My jio recharge got expired on April 17 but I still can receive incoming calls even after it has been more than 90 days. So I wanted to know that for how long will my number will be active without recharging? Also which plan should I consider if I only want the sim for receiving incoming calls and messages?

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    • You can recharge for ₹129 and use the sim for 28+90 days, without any hassle. Jio is currently not disconnecting inactive numbers, even after 90 days but they can. Or if you can find someone with JioPhone, insert your sim, recharge with ₹39 and get 14+14+90 Days validity, just make a call before taking it out from JioPhone (You will not able to use pack benefits from your smartphone but that 90 days cycle will reset).

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      • Arey waah… It’s good idea. At first it came to my mind also but i was unsure whether it will work or not.So i didn’t give it a try but now, I will definitely try this out.

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        • Yes, currently the cheapest option with incoming active. If you just want your number to be active without incoming, BSNL is also a good option as they have 6 months Grace 2 period. You can extend the validity for 28+7+180 days for just ₹49 but incoming will only work for the first 35 days.

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  24. Hi! The article is very comprehensive and gives a lot of information. I only have one confusion, I want to port from airtel and keep the number active without using it. My phone supports 4G. Which one do you recommend between Jio and BSNL to be the cheapest option?

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