How to Activate ISD on Your Airtel Number


In search of a way to activate ISD on your Airtel number? International Subscriber Dialling (better referred to as ISD) is what you want to speak with someone sitting in a foreign country. Telecom operators have distinct charges for ISD calls that are significantly higher than the steady native and STD calls. Then again, Airtel and other telcos have some prepaid recharge packs and postpaid plans to offer discounts on their ISD calls or some free minutes to mean you can make international calls from your phone.

How to activate ISD on your Airtel number

The basic ISD service is activated by default on the Airtel network for all prepaid and postpaid connections. Because of this you do not want to follow any steps to activate ISD on your Airtel number if you wish to call someone in a foreign country from your home network. A FAQ page given by the telecom operator also mentions that the customers are not given with a way to deactivate the ISD service.

Since the basic service is activated by default, all you want to do is just prefix “+” to the phone number with the country code where you want to make an ISD call. The process is the same for both Airtel prepaid and postpaid connections. Then again, in case of the Airtel postpaid connection, if you wish to call in a country that has a call charge above Rs. 15, you want to activate an advanced ISD service. This may also be done by visiting a nearby Airtel store or through the customer care helpline, 121.

Airtel has different ISD call tariffs for both prepaid and postpaid customers. Also, the call rates differ on the basis of area code.

You’ll look at the different ISD call charges relevant to Airtel prepaid and postpaid connections from its website.

Prepaid customers on the Airtel network have an ISD recharge pack of Rs. 18 that cuts ISD call tariffs for 28 days. In a similar fashion, there’s a Rs. 1,599 postpaid plan that includes 200 ISD minutes alongside 200GB of high-speed data. Details approximately the country codes being covered in the special postpaid plan are to be had on the Airtel site.

Airtel postpaid customers can also go for a Rs. 50 “umbrella” add-on pack that will give a reduction on ISD calls across 33 ceaselessly called destinations. The plan is legitimate for an entire billing cycle and works for countries such as the United States, UK, UAE, Afghanistan, Thailand, Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, Italy, Nepal, Singapore, and Sri Lanka, in addition to make a selection area codes of Australia and New Zealand. It, then again, doesn’t work if you’re calling someone in countries including Canada and Switzerland.

The umbrella pack can easily be activated through the Airtel Thanks app, and it gets added to the customer’s monthly invoice.

Take a look at our Mobile Recharge Plans page to find out the best-suited plan for your mobile operator.

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