Idea is one of the leading telecom service provider in India. Owing to the order passed by the apex court and the central government’s directive, idea mobile subscribers have to link their Aadhar with their idea mobile number positively before the deadline expires. Failing to do so may invite deactivation of the operational mobile connection. Follow the online and offline methods of Idea mobile number and Aadhaar linking.
Steps to Link Aadhar with Idea Mobile Number Online through OTP
The government has made it compulsory for telecom operators to provide an option to link mobile connection with Aadhar using OTP-based verification. However, this facility can be availed only by those users who have already registered their mobile number with Aadhaar. If you have multiple mobile numbers and your concerned mobile number is not linked with Aadhaar, you will have to visit the idea store to get it verified. The process of linking your Idea mobile number with Aadhaar through OTP is mentioned below:
Step 1 : Call the toll-free IVR number 14546
Step 2 : Choose whether you are an Indian citizen or an NRI
Step 3 : Press 1 to give your consent for the re-verification of your mobile number using Aadhaar
Step 4 : Enter your Aadhaar card number and confirm it by pressing 1
Step 5 : An OTP is sent to your registered mobile number
Step 6 : Give consent to idea mobile to access your name, photo and DOB from UIDAI’s database
Step 7 : IVR reads out the last 4 digits of your idea mobile number
Step 8 : If correct, enter the OTP received on your phone
Step 9 : Press 1 to complete the reverification process
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Steps to Link Aadhaar with Idea Mobile Number Offline
In order to link your Aadhaar with your idea mobile connection, you need to follow these simple steps:
Step 1 : Visit your nearest idea centre.
Step 2 : Provide your idea mobile number and Aadhaar number.
Step 3 : Idea store executive sends a 4-digit verification code on your mobile number.
Step 4 : Provide this code to the executive.
Step 5 : Now provide your biometric/fingerprint.
Step 6 : You will receive a confirmation SMS within 24 hours.
Step 7 : Reply with ‘Y’ to complete the reverification process.
Aadhaar and Idea Linking Through IVR
Mobile operators are also directed to provide the facility of linking Aadhar with idea mobile number through IVR. Here’s how to do it:
Step 1 : Call idea’s toll free number at "12345".
Step 2 : Follow IVR instructions and select Aadhaar verification option
Step 3 : Enter your Aadhaar number twice
Step 4 : Now confirm your response
Step 5 : Your Aadhaar will be linked with your idea mobile number
Step 6 : A confirmation message will be sent to your idea mobile number
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How to Locate an Idea Mobile Store
- You can locate a nearby idea mobile store online by visiting https://goo.gl/dHm3zL and entering your location and the area within that location.
- You can also search for a nearby idea store by entering relevant keywords.
- You can also locate idea store by dialling a toll free number *121*47#
What is Biometric Verification and why is it needed?
Biometric verification is a method of verifying the identity of a person using his/her biometric data such as fingerprints and iris scan. These details are already fed in the Aadhaar database. An OTP is sent to the existing idea mobile. Once the OTP is received, it has to be shared along with Aadhaar number to the executive who then records the biometrics.
UIDAI verifies the biometric data and confirms the telecom operator within a day and the company sends a confirmation message to the subscriber.
Points to Remember while Linking Aadhar with Idea Mobile Number
- If you have provided your biometric at the time of activating your mobile connection, you do not have to re-verify again.
- If you have provided Aadhaar at the time of taking a new connection but did not undergo biometric verification, you have to re-verify your number again.
- You do not have to pay any fee for linking Aadhar with idea mobile number
- You have to link Aadhaar with all active mobile connections.
Link Idea Mobile Number with Aadhaar FAQs
Q 1. What if I don’t link Aadhaar with Idea mobile number?
A. If you do not link Aadhaar with your mobile number before the deadline ends, your mobile number will be deactivated till you re-verify it with Aadhaar.
Q 2. What is the Last Date to Link Aadhaar with Idea Number?
A. The last date to link Aadhaar with your Idea mobile number was 31st March 2018 which has been extended indefinitely by the Supreme Court.
Q 3. I have more than one Idea connections; do I need to link every number?
A. All Idea connections have to be re-verified with Aadhaar before the deadline ends. In case you have multiple mobile numbers, you have to link all of those with Aadhaar for verification.
Q 4. I am using a data-card and/or using the Idea SIM in my tablet. Do I still need to link my Aadhaar number to these SIMs?
A. Yes, you have to link all mobile connections with Aadhaar irrespective of the device you use it in. You can link your mobile number with Aadhaar and use it in any device uninterruptedly.
Q 5. If I have postpaid add-on connections on my Idea mobile number, do I need to get all verified?
A. Be it a prepaid or a postpaid connection, you have to get all of them verified with Aadhaar before the end of the deadline.