Guide for availing the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) facility across India
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India made the MNP - Mobile Number Portability facility a reality in India so that the unsatisfied subscribers and customers of mobile service providers can switch between the mobile service providers at a small cost of Rs.Nineteen only. Know about the exact procedure here
What is Mobile Number Portability
Sometimes mobile subscribers are not satisfied with the services of their mobile service providers but the subscribers are compelled much against their wishes to continue with the service provider as their mobile number has become very popular and they cannot afford to change their contact number as it may adversely affect their business, personal relations and may be registered with their bankers, Gmail accounts, ICRTC and in-numerous other utilities and facilities enjoyed by them to receive one time passwords. To overcome this problem Telecom Regulatory Authority of India made the availability of mobile number portability facility to mobile subscriber i.e. Jan 2011 at nominal cost of just Rs.19/- throughout India. Through mobile number portability the subscriber can change his/her mobile operator without changing his/her mobile number and the subscribers will not be missing messages from their business and personal contacts.
Limitations of mobile number portability
- Pre Paid subscribers will lose the balance talk time, if any, at the time of porting.
- Both, existing and proposed, mobile service providers should be within the same service area only.
- Portability is allowed only after 90 days from the date of activation of new mobile connection and subsequent portability is allowed after 90 days from the date of last porting of mobile number.
- Post Paid subscribers have to give an undertaking in the porting form that they have paid all the dues as per latest or last bill.
How to avail mobile number portability
- Obtain Customer Acquisition form (CAF) and Porting Form from the new service provider by contacting the MSP.
- If eligible as per terms and conditions above and also printed on the CAF then obtain Unique Porting Code by sending SMS from the mobile number to be ported to 1900 with text as PORT followed by space and 10 digit mobile number. Example : PORT xxxxxxxxxx and send it to 1900.
- Submit the duly filled CAF and Porting Form along with documentary proof and paid copy of last bill in case of post-paid subscriber to the new mobile service provider
- Collect the new SIM (Subscriber Identity Module)from the new service provider
- After getting intimation from new mobile service provide the subscriber can replace the old SIM with the new SIM provided by your new mobile service provider after the intimated/specified date and time.
Know your rights as subscriber
- Due to mobile number portability service disruption time shall not exceed 2 hours and that too during night time
- Porting charges not to exceed Rs.19/- only
- Porting time not to exceed 7 working days(15 working days for areas falling in North East, Assam and the state of Jammu & Kashmir).
- Porting request can be withdrawn within 24 hours of applying
- You can find your complaint center details under Telecom Consumer Complaints Monitoring System (TCCMS) of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India here - http://www.tccms.gov.in/Queries.aspx?cid=1.
Advice from the author
Never change your mobile number as you may lose your unsaved contacts, business, personal relations and even SMS alerts from your bankers.
If you lose your mobile set do not forget to get the SIM blocked along with IMEI number of the mobile set so that it cannot be used by criminals. Ensure lodging FIR with police
On the basis of FIR get fresh SIM for the same mobile number without effecting your business and personal contacts.
Avoid selling your old mobile set to strangers without verifying the antecedents of the purchasers beyond doubt and without valid sale agreement as whenever the purchaser uses his/her SIM with the sold set, its IMEI number gets automatically registered with the SIM user. Unsalable Mobiles sets need to be damaged beyond reuse and recycled as per law of the land.
For detailed guidelines and regulations the public can visit TRAI official website www.trai.gov.in