If you are really fed up with your Mobile’s Service Provider because of its high call rates, poor signal strength, but at the same time extremely reluctant to switch to other service providers in order to avoid changing your number, then you have reasons to feel happy. After missing several deadlines set earlier(we almost lost count of how many of them), Finally the day has came when the much-touted and anticipated Mobile Number Portability(MNP) has been implemented all over India on 20th January 2011. To start with, it was first launched in Rohtak in Haryana on 25th Nov 2010. But customers in Rohtak were not very enthusiastic about using MNP, so it had an abysmal slow start with only around 0.75% of the subscribers opting for the service. Here is a complete “How To” about MNP (Mobile Number Portability)
What is MNP ??
This is a service introduced by all Mobile Service Providers, by which Celll Phone Users will be free to Change their Operators, without losing their prized-number.
Prepaid Versus Postpaid
It is available for both postpaid and prepaid customers. But at present, you can’t switch from a Prepaid to Postpaid and vice-versa.
My Prepaid Balance ??
You will lose you prepaid balance, if you switch your Service Provider.
GSM Vs CDMA
Yes, you can switch from GSM to CDMA and vice-versa. But in case of a platform shift, you will have to change your handset. This means if you decide to move from CDMA-to-GSM or vice-versa, you will also have to change your handset.
How much time to process my request
On an average Seven working days, but fifteen working days in J&K, North-east.
How frequently can I switch ??
A subscriber must be with a service provider for at least three months before he can opt for switching his or her service provider.
Can I retain the same number in another city?
No. You can’t change circles. This means, you cannot take your Bangalore number to a service-provider in Delhi. You can only change your operator within Bangalore.
Changing your mobile service provider will cost you Rs 19. This will go to your new service provider.
Process to exercise MNP :
Send an SMS to 1900 in following format: PORT – eg. PORT 9999999999.
You will get an SMS reply that contains a unique porting code.
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.
Your existing operator will check with new operator & if there are no dues then approval will be given for porting
You will get an SMS on the time and date when porting will take place. Rules mandate that process be completed within 7 days of applying.
So, will MNP(Mobile Number Portability) be a success or will it be just a damp squib after so much hype ?? Previously, there was a huge competition among telecom operators to attract new subscribers and they always tried to lure them by giving away lucrative offers. But it used to be valid only for few days and then customers had to stick with their operators, just because of their reluctancy to change the mobile number. But now that subscribers are armed with MNP,they will be forced to offer innovative and quality services to retain their subscribers.
At the very least, it will appeal more to high and middle class customers who were willing to pay more just because of their unwillingness to change their numbers. And they will be easy pickings for any Service Provider, who can promise Good Network Connectivity and Lower Tariff to them. So let’s wait and watch, how the saga unfolds :-)