Let’s be honest here – we’ve given our fair share of cusses to our operators who’ve taken its subscribers for granted. The only thing that kept consumers tolerating was the fear of losing their number, until now that is. Mobile Number Portability aka MNP that was available in Haryana is now available nationwide, which means you can switch your operator without losing the phone number irrespective of the operator using GSM or CDMA technology. However, porting from one circle to another is not allowed at this time.
Despite series of delays, TRAI should be lauded to make number porting as easy as possible. The only charges you incur during the process is the SMS sent to receive the Unique Porting Code (UPC) and Rs. 19 towards porting charges. However, if you opt for MTNL or BSNL there are no porting charges. Mumbai and Delhi for MTNL and pan-India for BSNL. [Thanks, Sanjay!]
Anyways, here are the steps to port your number.
– SMS PORT [your mobile number] to 1900
– You’ll receive an 8 digit UPC from 1901 along with the expiry date
– Visit the showroom of the operator of your choice
– Fill in the requisite forms along with the documents
– You’ll receive an SMS from the new operator about the porting date and time after which you can use the new SIM
Another thing to note is that once you port to a new operator, you’ll have to use their services for at least 3 months before you can switch to another operator.