Nationwide mobile number portability (MNP) rolled out from today
Airtel, Vodafone and Reliance have started implementing mobile number portability (MNP) as of this month. Note that in March, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) director general Rajan S Mathews had said that telecom operators were likely to miss the pan-India Mobile Number Portability (MNP) deadline of 3 May 2015, with no new deadline provided then.
All operators, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and Reliance Communications, as also state-run MTNL and BSNL, have announced full mobile number portability (MNP) from Friday.
MNP will enable customers to retain their mobile numbers even if they shift base to a new place.
Cost and procedure for mobile number portability
Customers can send a message to 1900 seeking change to another service provider and have to pay Rs 19 for the move. They can also visit any telecom operator’s store or call its toll-free number and follow the instructions or generate an 8-digit UPC code by sending an SMS, ‘Port (your mobile no)’ to 1900, fill the form and give relevant documents.