To activate a prepaid connection service providers normally charge a fee.
Vodafone Prepaid Connection
Vodafone Prepaid connection, charges a nominal start-up cost of Rs 99.
Airtel Prepaid Connection
Airtel has no deposits or charges the connection is pre-activated with STD/ISD, simply recharge and start using it. In some service providers the connection is activated after the verification which is in 24hrs.
BSNL Prepaid Connection
For BSNL Initial activation charges for Prepaid Mobile is only Rs. 200/- and free talk value of Rs. 50/- is given to all subscribers. One can also activate the prepaid connection on calling the service provider customer service and verifying the information.
Generally prepaid connections are provided pre activated, ready to use to customer convenience, however the verification is required for user authentification.
For CDMA’s or pre-activated phone are available in the service providers retail outlets and are activated on spot after submitting minimal documents like ID proofs and address proofs.