After a long wait and numerous missed deadlines, mobile number portability (MNP) is finally here. Set for a nationwide roll-out today, MNP will usher in an era of new freedom for mobile subscribers in the country. The technology will allow subscribers to change their mobile service provider without the fear of losing their old mobile number.
This means users will be able to retain their old mobile number even after they decide to change their service provider. And yes, the service is available for both postpaid and prepaid customers and also on both GSM and CDMA platforms.
Here’s all about how MNP works in six simple steps.
Send an SMS to 1900 in following format: PORT – eg. PORT 9999999999.
You will get an SMS reply that contains a unique porting code.
SMS to the preferred operator quoting the unique code. This code is valid only for a few days, and one must apply again if it expires.
Your existing operator will check with new operator & if there are no dues then approval will be given for porting.
You will get an SMS on the time and date when porting will take place. Rules mandate that process be completed within 4 days of applying.
After porting is complete, wait for an SMS from your new operator confirming the switch. Your phone may be dead for about 2 hours when the porting takes place.