What is Mobile Number Portability (MNP) Service in India

This article gives complete information on what is the meaning of Mobile Number Portability (MNP), price of Mobile Number Portability in India, and the vendors for mobile number porting in India.

Just like the unique license plate of your vehicle which you never want to change (unless you are a thief!!), your mobile number is unique to you which you never want to alter all your life. This is natural, considering that all your friends, relatives and colleagues have the number and it will be an exhaustive task to contact all and sundry to let them know a new mobile number. However, suppose you are unhappy with the services of the telecom provider? Suppose you are fed up of constant disruption in SMS services? Suppose you have had quite enough of issues related to payments? Then you will definitely want to select 'delete' and say adieu to your telecom provider. Then what happens to your unique mobile number? Well, it will get changed.

Wait a minute – not any more! Tomorrow is the launch date of the Mobile number portability (MNP) in India by the Department of Telecoms (DoT). Initially, though, Mobile Number Portability in India will be available in Haryana as a pilot project and will later be extended to other States in India.

Here's all you wanted to know about Mobile number portability (MNP) in India

What is the meaning of Mobile number portability (MNP)?

Mobile number portability (MNP) is a service which enables you to switch over to a new telecom service provider in India without the need to change your cell phone number. Thus, your mobile phone number (or numbers if you have more than one mobile phone) will be retained from one telecom operator to another. This applies to all types of operators, including mobile, mobile VoIP, and other service providers. So you can get cell phone number portability in India as well as VoIP number portability in India.

Is Mobile number portability (MNP) really necessary?

Yes, Mobile number portability (MNP) is definitely a necessity in India considering the vast number of telecom service providers which exist today, with the numbers increasing steadily. You see, Mobile number portability (MNP) gives you the freedom to choose a telecom service different from your existing one if you find that the existing one is charging you higher, is not giving you adequate value-for-money services, charging you for services that you had not asked for, etc.

What is the cost of using Mobile number portability (MNP) in India?

The price of Mobile number portability (MNP) service in India is low. A subscriber has to pay an amount which will not exceed Rs.19/- as a non-refundable fixed charge for the service. This cost has been fixed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and no telecom service provider can charge more than Rs.19/- for the Mobile number portability (MNP) in India.

Who are the vendors for Mobile number portability (MNP) service in India?

The Department of Telecoms (DoT) in India has awarded licenses to 2 mobile number portability clearinghouse vendors in India 2 zones. The 2 zones have been established both to ensure reliability as well as security.
1. Syniverse Technologies has been awarded the license for Mobile number portability in Zone I citieswhich includes: Delhi, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Gujarat and seven others.
Contact Information of Syniverse Technologies in India
* 1st Floor, RMZ Ecospace Campus 3B
Outer Ring Road
Bellandur Village Varthur Hobli
Bangalore East - 560 103
Bangalore, India
Ph: +91-80-6720-9600
Website: http://www.syniverse.com/home

* First India Place, 2nd Floor, Block-B, Sushant Lok-1,
Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, Gurgaon-122 002,
Haryana, India
Ph: +91.124.402.8888 / Fax: +91.124.402.8800
Website: http://www.syniverse.com/home

2. MNP Interconnection Telecom Solutions India Pvt. Ltd. (Telcordia joint venture) has been awarded the license for Mobile number portability in Zone II cities which includes: Kolkata, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai), Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Bihar, North East, and Orissa.
Contact Information of MNP Interconnection Telecom Solutions India Pvt. Ltd. in India
(Telcordia joint venture)
703, 7th Floor, Park Centra,
Sector – 30, Gurgaon – 122001,
Haryana, India
Tel:- +91 124 483 7700
Fax:- +91 124 400 8763
Website: http://www.mnpindia.in/

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