What is Mobile Number Portability?
Mobile number portability (MNP) is a feature provided by TRAI which enables mobile telephone users to retain their mobile telephone numbers when changing from one mobile network operator to another. In simple words if you have got frustrated with your current mobile operator and the only thing that has been holding you back from switching has been your number, you can take a breath of relief. MNP will enable you to switch your operator but still retain your contact number.
When did MNP came in India?
This service in India is available from 20th January’11 across all operators. The cost to switch will be just Rs.19. To understand the procedure of availing this service, please refer this document provided by TRAI.
What is Nationwide Mobile Number Portability?
When first Mobile Number Portability (MNP) was launched, it was restricted to MNP within same state. It means if your number is of Karnataka, and you are shifting to Maharashtra, then you can take the same number to Maharashtra (unless you are willing to pay roaming charges). The full or nationwide mobile number portability (MNP) will allow consumers to change service provider in any part of the country while retaining their existing number. In view of implementation of full MNP some changes will be required in the MNP Regulations 2009 (as amended). Accordingly, draft amendment to the Telecommunication Mobile Number Portability Regulation, 2009, has been prepared,” Trai said in a statement.
The Department of Telecom on November 3, 2014 issued amendment to the MNP Licence Agreement and asked telecom operators to implement full MNP within a period of six months from the date of amendment to the licences. In the new amendment Trai wants to introduce a clause to safeguard interest of post-paid mobile service users who face disconnection in new network even after clearing all their dues of their old service provider. The regulator has fixed timeline on both the old or donor service provider and new or recipient service provider for clear communication about dues cleared by the subscriber to ensure continuity of service.
Telecom regulator TRAI has issued draft regulations to facilitate full mobile number portability which is set to start from May 3, 2015.