Mobile Number Portability: MNP INDIA A Step-by-Step Tutorials

Telecom regulators in India have just approved National Mobile Number Portability, which means that mobile phone users will now be able to retain their mobile numbers when they move to a new city. National Mobile Number Portability (or NMNP) will let users change their telecom circle when they move to a new city, thereby eliminating the need to change their mobile numbers that they have grown to get used to.

    In fact, Airtel, ready in time for the government’s announcement, has said that all portibility requests will be processed within 24 hours, and until then its customers will get free incoming on roaming till the request is adhered to.

    Mobile Number Portability, MNP INDIA

    How to port your mobile number:

    Mobile Number Portability (MNP) was launched across all the circles in INDIA on 20-JAN-2011.  The procedure for MNP is as follows:

    1) Generate an eight-digit Unique Porting Code (UPC) :

    Send “PORT” (10-digit mobile number) to 1900. This will generate an eight-digit alphanumeric UPC code to help facilitate the porting process.

    You will soon get an SMS from 1901 that will contain the UPC code and a UPC expiry date in mm/dd/yyyy format.

    2) Gather required documents for MNP :

    You will need:
    Id proof
    Address proof
    One passport size photograph
    Last bill copy: Airtel post-paid customers have the option of carrying forward their outstanding/pending bills to the new telecom circle, and pre-paid customers can carry forward the talk-time amount existing on their number.

    3) Visit the mobile operator showroom :

    As soon as you get the UPC code, head to the service provider’s showroom, along with the required documents.
    – You will need to fill out a Mobile Number Porting form.
    – Buy a New Sim Card

    4) Choose your plan :

    The NMNP facility is applicable for both, pre-paid and post-paid customers. This means, when you move to a new city, you can retain your plan or change it at the service centre.

    5) Processing time :

    Airtel has listed on its website that all NMNP requests will be processed in 24 hours, however, at the time of writing Vodafone and Idea hadn’t listed the processing time on their websites.

    The whole porting process is taking 1 week time.

    Once you ported to new operator, the minimum time to stay with the new operator is 3 months. So in this 3 months time you can’t able to port your number once again.

    So are you porting your number? If yes, from which network to which one and why ? Share your views about your current Mobile Operator to others in comments

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