What is Mobile Number Portability
Mobile Number Portability popularly known as MNP is the service or option available to all the mobile phone user in India which enables a customer to change his service provider even without changing his or her mobile number. Earlier many customers were unhappy with their service provider due to many reasons like network problem, poor customer care service or incorrect billing etc. and they wished to change their service provider. But the biggest obstacle in their wish was that they had to change their mobile number. But people really don't want to change their number as they would have given that number to everybody known to them and if they are going to change their service provider their by changing their mobile number, they again have to go through distributing their new number. But not now. Now you can change your service provider without changing your number.
Charge of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) in India
The You will be charged only 19 rupees to avail Mobile Number Portability service or to change your service provider without changing your mobile number. So practically mobile number portability MNP charges in India are very less.
Start date of Mobile Number Portability (MNP)/Mobile Number Portability India Launch Date
It's a good news for all of you as you have to wait no more to avail Mobile Number Portability service or to change your service provider without changing your mobile number. Mobile Number Portability launch date in India has started right now from 20th January 2011. So what are you waiting for just change your service provider if you don't like it.
How to use Mobile Number Portability, Steps to use MNP
Don't know the steps to use Mobile Number Portability, then don't worry. Here is the complete Mobile Number Portability use directions.
Step1): First of all SMS to 1900 with the subject line "PORT " to get an eight digit code. This code is known as Unique Porting Code (UPC).
Step2): you need to get in touch with new operator whom you want to select. For this you have to fill a form which contains all your details like identity proofs etc. and provide them your UPC number.
Step3): You will receive an SMS regarding the MNP service.
Step4): Your number will be inactive for 2-3 hours for the change of service provider to take place and after that you have freedom in your hand i.e you can use the service of your new service provider.
How much time does it take Mobile Number Portability (MNP) to take place
Though it is said that it requires a maximum of seven days for Mobile Number Portability to take place, but it might be done even within a day. But there is an exception for some of north eastern states where it can take a maximum of 14 days.
Limitations of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) to take place
1)You can use Mobile Number Portability (MNP) in India service only once in 90 days.
2)Change of service providers even after keeping your mobile numbers can be done within the same circle. For example you can not use a number of Delhi and say that I will port it to a service provider in Mumbai circle.
3)Though MNP in India service seems very tempting it may not benefit you at all as you can have same problem with your new service provider which you were having before using Mobile Number Portability (MNP) service.
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