MNP – Mobile Number Portability

Mobile Number Portability (MNP) is the facility provided by the Mobile service providers to the users who can switch to a new mobile service provider, while retaining their existing mobile number.

This facility gives freedom to the users to select the mobile service provider without the headache of changing the mobile number and hence reduces the pain in notifying friends and services where one has registered using mobile numbers.Porting is the process of switching the service from one provider to the another without changing the number. However, the number which needs to be ported should be active.

A new SIM card will be provided by the new service provider which needs to be used post porting.

BSNL, MTNL and Uninor seems to be ready with MNP and is expected to rollout services from 25th November  2010. The charges for MNP is expected to be a max of Rs.19 and the subsequent switch should have a gap of atleast 90 days. The old balance will not be carry forwarded to the new operator. Please note that you need to clear all your dues before applying.

Process:
  1. Send SMS to 1900, PORT <Mobile No>
  2. You will receive a unique Porting code. This will be provided by your existing service provider.
  3. Once you have the Porting code, you need to specify the porting code while submitting application to the new Service Provider. The Porting code has an expiry time.
  4. The backend migration would take around 4 days with an expectation of 2 hrs outage of your mobile number.

We feel that Tata Docomo would be the operator who would gain mostly from MNP and Airtel would loose many from its existing customer base.

Which operator would you choose for migration? Do let us know.

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