Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) announced the introduction of Mobile Number Portability (MNP). Very soon MNP will come into play in the entire country. According to Mobile Number Portability (MNP), the subscribers of mobile services in India can now change their service providers while retaining the same mobile number. The fee for changing the operator should not be more than Rs 19 Mobile Number Portability (MNP) also offers the consumers to switch from GSM to CDMA or vice-versa, or within GSM and CDMA opetaors. The number can be retained in any case.
However, to begin with, you will be able to switch operators and retain the number only within the same telecom circle. For example if you are in Delhi you can change operators within Delhi and not when you move from Delhi to Mumbai.
Mobile Number Portability changeover charges
According to TRAI the charges cannot exceed Rs 19
How to change mobile operator under MNP
Before applying for the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) the subscribers must ensure that the entire amount of bill has been paid. The porting fee is to be paid to the new operator you are switching to. You need not to pay any fee to the operator you are leaving. According to TRAI the porting between mobile operators should be accomplished within 4 days.
There are few conditions though. You are not allowed to switch operator and retain the number if you have been with that operator for less than 3 months. Prepaid consumers should remember that when they switch operator their balance talk time will disappear. As per the TRAI guidelines the maximum downtime between deactivating the existing connection and starting the new connection will be a maximum of 2 hours.
BSNL and MTNL are the state owned Mobile operators offering telecom services in India. Besides there are number of private operators like Airtel, Reliance Communications, Vodafone, Idea Cellular, Loop Mobile, Aircel, MTS and Tata Indicom/DoCoMo..
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