Thursday, January 20, 2011

Mobile Number Portability (MNP) in 6 easy steps

mobile number portability (MNP) is here, telecom consumers now have the choice of switching their operator (of course,after 3 years as per Indian Stretchable Time)without having to change their mobile number.

MNP is available to all(postpaid and prepaid) customers and as well as GSM & CDMA service.

The only restriction is that you can change your operator without changing your number only within your current service area. Which means subscribers cannot take their Delhi number to an operator in Mumbai. They can only change their operator within Delhi.

The cost of porting a number to a new operator is Rs 19(Non-Refundable), with the maximum porting time capped at 7 working days by telecom regulator Trai except in Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and North East service areas, where it will be 15 working days.

But, consumers will have to remain with the new operator for minimum of three months before moving on to next operator (its not Live-in relationship or changing a new girlfriend every friday, remember they have to earn profit!).

How to do mobile number portability in six quick easy steps:

Step 1
Send an SMS to 1900 in following format: PORT "<"your mobile number ">" to 1900 - eg SMS PORT 98XXXXXXXX to 1900

Step 2
You will get an SMS reply that contains a unique porting code:
After sending SMS to 1900, you will receive UPC (Unique Porting Code) as a SMS from 1901 giving 8 digit alpha-numeric Unique Porting Code (UPC) and UPC expiry date in MM/DD/YYYY format

Step 3
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.

Step 4
Your existing operator will check with new operator & if there are no dues, then approval will be given for porting.

Step 5
You will get an SMS on the time and date when porting will take place. Rules mandate that process be completed within 4 days of applying.

Step 6
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.

after this, u have to Submit Address & Id proof documents, self-attested photo and last bill copy of postpaid connection (if applicable) along-with filled MNP form and Customer Agreement Form to the New Operator.

Then now Move On with new Operator and Enjoy till you are fed up with him.
hoping for happy ending.
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