Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Mobile Number Portability

Posted by Kat Leo On 9:24 PM No comments

I was once a student suvidha user and continue to be the same because i have already given my number to a quite lot of people including me family, friends, business partners, "underground chat friends" and so on . . . It seemed almost impossible for me to change my operator until on Nov 25th a piece of news appeared in Hindu about Mobile Number Portability.

It was declared that Mobile Number Portability will be launched in the entire country on January 20, 2011. The service, which allows subscribers to retain their phone numbers while changing their operator. MNP in India was launched first in the Haryana circle, on November 25th, 2010.  According to the DoT, the networks are now technically ready for launch of service ofwhich BSNL, MTNL and Uninor are worth mentioning. MNP will intensify the competition among service providers both in respect of quantity of services and quality of service as well as in terms of tariff.

How to do it . . .
  1. send an SMS to 1900 from the existing service provider.
  2. get a unique porting code as SMS from the existing service provider.
  3. fill an application mentioning the code to the new selected service provider for porting of number.
  4. After 4 days or so the process of porting of the mobile number to the network of the new service provider gets completed
  5. Then you enjoy the services of new operator

But my doubt is . . . will it work out in India? after all the pain DoT has taken to set up this service . . . where day after day the number of SIM cards per phone keeps increasing . . . Today people in India prefer multi-sim environment to take advantage of all the operators available in the country.


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