Mobile number portability launched in India

By Shekhar Sahu on 21 January 2011 2:22 AM

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Mobile Number Portability Launches India After Many Delays title

Almost every customer has some complaints with his/her mobile operator regarding poor service, high call rates, network congestion etc. No more sufferings now. The prime minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh launched Mobile Number Portability in the country yesterday. The long-awaited service finally has gone live. Now customers can change/port to their mobile operator at any time without changing the 10 digit number after paying a little fee.

This launch got delayed a number of times, it was initially set to launch in November 2009, long isn't? Anyways now as customers got the option to move or port to different telecom providers, thus this risk would enforce them to provide quality of service. IDEA & Vodaphone have already started ad campaigns to get more customers, inviting the unsatisfied customers of different network. The Telcom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has specified strict guidelines for the Mobile Number Portability Service Providers to follow, for the safety of consumers.

How to Port the Mobile Operator?

To port the operator, subscribers will have to send a specified Text Port <yournumber>, which also includes the name of the new service provider to 1900. Afterward, the subscriber will receive an 8 digit Unique Porting Code (UPC) which expires in 15 days if not used and 30 days in J&K and North East. Then the user has to go to the new service provider and fill the unique porting code provided in the form. After verification, the name or porting will be sent via SMS. A minimum of nonrefundable INR19 would be charged as porting fee and paid to the new operator.

Limitations of Mobile Number Portability

  1. You may lose your prepaid balance if not used before porting. So it's advised to port only when the whole balance is used.
  2. The subscribers having dues with current operators can't change their operator.
  3. The current number must be active.
  4. After one port, you may not port again for 6 months (shit).
  5. There is a no service period at the time of porting when the mobile number will get inactive for 4 to 5 hours.

Companies Started Playing Dirty Tricks

Its reported that companies are not willing to lose their customers. For this they neither respond to the porting requests nor tell the number in SMS match the number from which the Text message was sent, so beware of these companies.

Are you going to switch your operator now? What do you think about this scheme? Which is your favorite mobile operator? We would like to here from you.

Shekhar Sahu

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