All over INDIA this MNP Service Starts from 20 Jan 2011.
MNP is a service that allows a mobile user to change his/her network operator while retaining the number. MNP is a technology that enables a mobile phone user to switch to a preferred network Operator without changing his/her original number. Even a GSM subscriber can shift to CDMA service and vice versa.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has already missed two deadlines for implementing this service. The commencement of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) has delayed from the scheduled date of November 1, 2010, to November 25, 2010 when it starts partially in Haryana circle. The service is being rolled out in 11 cities across the country, and the first city to had the service is Haryana.
What exactly is this technology?
In India, MNP will be implemented based on a code called “Local Routing Number”. It is a 4 digit code and it will be responsible for all the call routing after implementation of number portability. Post MNP launch, all mobile will be identified by 4 digit additional number + 10 digit original number. It does not mean that one will have to update 14 digits mobile number later on. for a common user, his number will never change. These changes will be done at Service provider level only.
How much MNP Costs in INDIA?
Presently BSNL announced their attractive MNP offers with freebies. Subscribers can switch to BSNL at FREE of Cost while the other network Operators charging Rs.19 and Porting takes about 5 to 7 days
How to Activate MNP?
To activate the MNP service subscriber needs to send SMS PORT followed by 10 Digit Mobile Number to 1900 .SMS ( PORT <mobile number> )
Then you will receive 8 digit alpha-numeric UPC (Unique Porting Code) as SMS from 1901.
After that you need to submit MNP form with UPC to desired new service provider.
Porting downtime should be less than 2 hours .At that time Your mobile phone may go ‘dead’.Both incoming and outgoing services will be interrupted. The porting will be carried out between the midnight and porting should be completed in 7 days.
You need to remember that you cannot shift your operator usually.
You can change your operator only once in every 90 days