Mobile Number Portability in India [Features, Criteria, Rules, Procedure]

Mobile number Portability (MNP) was in news from long time but TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) has finally confirmed that it will come into effect from 1st January 2010. So, it will be a Happy new Year for Mobile users in India.

MNP allows subscribers to retain their existing mobile telephone number when they move from one service provider to another in a licensed service area, irrespective of the mobile technology. It is thus a highly consumer-friendly initiative as it helps increase competition between service providers, catalyzing improved quality of service.

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Features of MNP

  1. MNP facility shall be available only within a given licensed service area.– You cannot retain the same number if you are moving to another City. Really an inconvenient feature and what about the consumers who switch cities when they change a job?
  2. A subscriber holding a mobile number is eligible to make a porting request only after 90 days of the date of activation of his mobile connection. If a number is already ported once, the number can again be ported only after 90 days from the date of the previous porting.- If a Consumer is dissatisfied in first month after switching to another provider, he still have to suffer for rest of 2 months. But, it has good take too that it will prevent users from running after freebies and constantly switching.

How to apply for porting?

The Subscriber who wishes to port his mobile number should approach the Recipient operator (the operator to whom the subscriber wants to port his number) and obtain unique porting code, which is an alphanumeric code allocated upon request. Subscribers will also have to give in writing their request to the operator to which they are switching and fill up a customer acquisition form, which the operator will verify.

The Subscriber may be required to pay porting charges, if any, to the Recipient Operator. The Prices are not yet fixed however, it is estimated to be between 20 to 100Rs.

Applying Criteria for MNP

For Prepaid users : The Balance amount of talktime will not be carried over to new provider and it will lapse.

For Postpaid subscribers : The subscriber making the porting request is required to have cleared all the bills issued prior to the date of porting request.

Other Rules of MNP

Change of Mind? A subscriber may withdraw his porting request within 24 hours of its submission to the Recipient Operator. However, the porting charges shall not be refundable.

How long will it take? The porting process will take a maximum time period of 4 days in all licensed service areas except in the case of J&K, Assam and North East where the maximum time allowed is 12 days.

Any downtime? Yes, Disconnecting from current network and activation of new Cellular provider will include No service period of 2 hours.

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  1. Vinayanand R N says:

    I was in postpaid Airtel since 2003 and i migrated to pre-paid Airtel just 15 days back and when i tried to port to different network, airtel is not allowing us coz., they are treating my no. has new connection.
    Please help how to go abt it.

  2. praveen says:

    i have idea mobile connection in Madhya Pradesh and i am shifting to J&K permanently. Can i retain my number of MP in J&K too?

  3. VED PRAKASH says:

    SIR I AM A USER OF IDEA . BUT I TRIED TO PORT MY NUMBER IN VODAPHONE . I GOT A UPC COAD BY SENDING A MESSAGE . AND I UBMITTED ALL DOCUMENT IN VODAPHONE BUT IDEA COMPANY CANCILED MY REQUEST FO PORTING BY SAYING THAT THIS NOMBER IS A SPECIAL NUMBED & IT CANNOT PORT TO ANY OTHER NETWOK
    ACCORDING TO TRAI RULES THIS IS NOT MENTION THAT SPECIAL NUMBER CANNOT PORT
    PLS HELP ME.
    VED PRAKASH
    MO.- 8808887788

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