To-Dos For Mobile Number Portability

Posted In India - By NitiN Kumar Jain On Thursday, January 20th, 2011 With 0 Comments

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After a very very long wait and numerous missed deadlines, Mobile Number Portability (MNP) finally goes Live in INDIA. MNP will usher a new era of freedom for mobile subscribers in the country. The technology will allow subscribers to change their mobile service provider without the fear of losing their old mobile number.

This means users will be able to retain their old mobile number even after they decide to change their service provider. And yes, the service is available for both postpaid and prepaid customers and also on both GSM and CDMA platforms.

Following are six simple steps using which you can port you numbers:

  • Send an SMS to 1900 in following format: PORT – eg. PORT 9999123456.
  • You will get an SMS reply that contains a unique porting code.
  • SMS to the preferred operator quoting the unique code. This code is valid only for a few days, and one must apply again if it expires.
  • Your existing operator will check with new operator & if there are no dues then approval will be given for porting.
  • You will get an SMS on the time and date when porting will take place. Rules mandate that process be completed within 7 days of applying with an exception of 15 days in Jammu & Kashmir and North East.
  • After porting is complete, wait for an SMS from your new operator confirming the switch. Your phone may be dead for about 2 hours when the porting takes place.

Important points to remember:

  • The cost of porting a number to a new operator is Rs 19.
  • You can change your operator without changing your number only within your current service area i.e. subscribers cannot take their Delhi number to an operator in Mumbai. They can only change their operator within Delhi.
  • Once the changing of carrier starts, phone number is expected to be deactivated for about 2 hours (from 10 PM to 5AM)
  • Once you change your provider, you can only change it again after 90 days.
  • You can also shift from your post-paid number to pre-paid.
  • CDMA to GSM migration is also possible with this service.

Links to major service providers providing MNP: