How to retain Single mobile number portability: step-by-step guide
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By Ruchika Shah , DNA : National Mobile Number Portability (or NMNP) approved by the Department of Telecom will now let users retain their mobile number when they move to a new city.
Telecom regulators in India have just approved National Mobile Number Portability, which means that mobile phone users will now be able to retain their mobile numbers when they move to a new city. National Mobile Number Portability (or NMNP) will let users change their telecom circle when they move to a new city, thereby eliminating the need to change their mobile numbers that they have grown to get used to.
Vodafone, Airtel and Idea will be offering the mobile number portability option to its customers from today i.e. July 3. In fact, Airtel, ready in time for the government's announcement, has said that all portibility requests will be processed within 24 hours, and until then its customers will get free incoming on roaming till the request is adhered to.
How to port your mobile number:
1) Generate an eight-digit Unique Porting Code (UPC)
Send "PORT" <10-digit mobile number> to 1900.
This will generate an eight-digit alphanumeric UPC code to help facilitate the
2) Gather required documents
You will need:
- Id proof
2) Visit the mobile operator showroom
As soon as you get the UPC code, head to the service provider's showroom, along with the required documents.
- You will need to fill out a mobile number
4) Choose your plan
The NMNP facility is applicable for both, pre-paid and post-paid customers. This means, when you move to a new city, you can retain your plan or change it at the service centre.
5) Processing time
Airtel has listed on its website that all NMNP requests will be processed in 24 hours, however, at the time of writing Vodafone and Idea hadn't listed the processing time on their websites.
( Courtesy: Ruchika Shah, DNAIndia )