Finally, the most awaited Mobile Number Portability (MNP) has been introduced. You will now be able to switch networks as per your convenience and choice as MNP is now launched all over India. Basically, MNP which is the short form of Mobile number Portability which allows you to retain the same number and allows you to switch to different operator irrespective of GSM or CDMA mobile operator.
If you are not happy with your current Mobile Phone operator because of Billing Issues, Signal Problems, Call Drops or any other issues you don’t have to worry now because the TRAI [Telecom Regulatory Authority of India] has now offered a new scheme under which you can switch your operator at a cost of just Rs.19 which would be applicable from December 31st in India. This service would allow the mobile subscribers to retain their current mobile number and change the service provider if they are not satisfied from the current services.
While the implementation of this service would not take more than 2 hours, where in your service provider would be changed and following this the new operator would within 5 days send you a written request for verification according the guidelines. After this the documents are sent to the old operator for confirmation and seeking clearance after which the whole trasaction is completed.
There’s a procedure by following which you will be able to port your number to an operator of your choice. If you are a prepaid subscriber then you should have at least completed 90 days with the current operator before applying for MNP. If you are a postpaid customer, then here too you should complete 90 days with your current telecom operator before applying for MNP. Irrespective of Prepaid or Postpaid, all subscribers who have been a customer of a particular operator for at least a period of 90 days.
You need to carry two recently clicked passport sized photos along with Proof of Address (POA) and Proof of Identity (POI). Do carry original documents as well as a copy of both. It’s always better to take the UPC along with you to the recipient operator’s store. You just need to sms PORT (your 10 digit mobile number) to 1900 and within seconds you will receive the UPC from 1901. Porting charge is not free; porting fee is fixed at Rs.19 by TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India), though some companies may offer porting charges less than Rs. 19, in some cases it may be nil due to immense competition in the telecom market. Porting the number will not take more than 7 working days.
With the help of Mobile number portability, you can port your number to any mobile service provider within your telecommunication circle like Vodafone, airtel, aircel, Docomo, MTNL, BSNL, Videocon, Idea Cellular, Cheers Mobile etc.