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Mobile Number Portability (MNP) Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Delhi, etc launched

Mobile Number Portability (MNP) will be rolled out all over India when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will inaugurate it today.

MNP is a facility which will allow users to switch their respective cellular operators without changing their phone numbers.

MNP was first launched in Haryana in November 2010. The process of MNP is as follows:

For change of service provider i.e. porting, a subscriber has to send an SMS (PORTMobile Number) from the number he wishes to be ported, to number 1900 whereby a Unique Porting Code (UPC) will be received on SMS from his current service provider. The subscriber will need to apply in the prescribed application form to the chosen new service provider quoting the UPC which will act as a reference while filling up the application form with new service provider.

The new service provider will then take action to get the required processes completed to enable the subscriber to get connected to his network. Porting has to be completed within 7 working days. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has put a ceiling of Rs. 19/- on porting charges which the new service provider may collect from the subscriber. Post-paid subscribers before making the porting request, have to make sure that their last bill has been paid failing which the request for change to new service provider shall be rejected. In the case of pre-paid subscriber any balance amount left will not be carried forward when the number is transferred to the new service provider.

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