Nationwide Mobile Number Portability goes live

The countrywide Mobile Number Portability (MNP) has become a reality on July 3,2015. This means mobile subscribers can now keep their existing mobile phone numbers even while shifting between states and circles.Currently, you have to pay roaming charges if you use your number outside your home city, except for BSNL. Also, you will be billed on STD rates for the calls. A full MNP will help you do away with these charges as your new city becomes your home base without any change in the phone number.For this,the subscribers will have to visit a store of their telecom operator or call the customer care number concerned.

So far, while mobile users could retain their existing number when switching service provider, this was possible only within the same state

or telecom circle. The move lays the first stone for the government’s ‘One nation, One number’ plan and is sure to benefit millions of people across the country.
Earlier, the deadline to rollout full MNP was May 2, 2015. This was, however, extended by two months after the Cellular Operators Association of India asked for an extension from the telecom department.India is divided into 22 telecom service areas or circles.

The much-awaited proposal will enable you to keep your existing phone number while shifting cities say from Delhi to Mumbai or Chennai to Kolkata. Operators have already started rolling out full MNP plans and these include Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular, R-Com and state-run BSNL and MTNL.

India, which currently has 22 circles or telecom zones, had allowed intra-circle number portability till now which meant that you could retain your number even if you shifted your mobile operator within the same city. Now this is allowed on a pan-India basis.

Airtel  customers can enjoy special offers like processing requests to port within Airtel’s network within 24 hours and free incoming on roaming until the portability request is processed. Vodafone Customers looking for the convenience of retaining their existing number at the new location can avail the benefits of national MNP service.

It has become highly successful in India as about 65 million subscribers had submitted request for shifting from their existing service providers to other operators. This is 7.3% of the total subscriber base of 900 million wireless subscribers.The highest number of requests for MNP was received from Karnataka. By the end of August, more than 8.1 million subscribers had applied for change of operators. Rajasthan is second in the list with more than 6.1 million consumers applying for MNP requests. In Gujarat, more than 5.6 million subscribers had applied for change of operators.


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