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Mobile number portability Questions and Answers

Let us go through Mobile Number Portability questions (FAQs) to make things easy for you to understand so that you make an intelligent choice

Mobile number portability Questions and Answers, FAQs
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Top Telecom Mobile Companies in India

Let us look at the top 11 telecom companies in India

Top Telecom Mobile Companies in India
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Mobile Number Portability Indian Statistics

Out of a India' mobile subscriber base of more than 700 million, 120 million want to change their mobile networks under Mobile Number Portability option

Mobile Number Portability Indian Statistics
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How can I do my Mobile Number Porting?

Here is the simple procedure for Mobile Number Portability

How can I do my Mobile Number Porting?
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What to Know Before Doing MNP

Here are something that you have to know before going for MNP or Mobile Number Portability

What to Know Before Doing MNP
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Mobile Number Portability: Who wins? Who loses?

Idea,Vodafone and Tata Docomo have been the winners in the first round of Mobile Number Portability

Mobile Number Portability: Who wins? Who loses?
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MNP India Benefits

Apart from the intense tariff war, the Mobile Number Portabillity in India and 3 G services are the next battle grounds for network providers to compete.

MNP India Benefits
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Will my mobile bills become low if I do Mobile Number Portability?

There are many people who are tired of their high mobile phone bills and wonder if through Mobile Number Portability, it they switch to another network, will it reduce their monthly mobile bills

Will my mobile bills become low if I do Mobile Number Portability?

Mobile Number Portability in India- Has it Flopped?

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  • Mobile Number Portability for prepaid does not need one to change billing address or do other formalities like go through credit checks etc along with transfer of numbers. Since prepaid subscribers pay in advance, they do not need to prove their creditworthiness.

    MNP in India is a flop because the country has just 2 percent of portability requests, which is among the lowest in the world. This is strange because 97 percent of the subscriber base of mobile customers in India is prepaid which means MNP is easy to implement in India compared to other countries, where postpaid subscriber percentage is much.

    The recent hike in mobile tariff wouldn’t have happened if MNP had worked in India as it was supposed to. Mobile operators have influenced a 20 percent hike in mobile tariffs. If Mobile Number Portability in India was going great guns, then they would have never increased the cost for the fear of losing their subscriber base. But now they have threatened to cause another hike in mobile tariffs on the pretext of increased costs for giving coverage to rural areas.

    Since the time Mobile Number Portability in India was launched in November 2010, ONLY the number of requests have only been 18.1 million till August 2011. This is just 2 percent as mentioned before, of the Indian mobile subscriber base of 865.71 million customers.


    If you look at the pattern of MNP in other parts of the world and India, you will find a major difference. In countries like the USA, UK etc, people move from the large players to the new ones in the market possibly due to high bills or bad service. But in India, subscribers move only from one large player in the mobile operator market to the other big fish, new entrants do not get a chance to prove themselves. Uninor is the only new mobile network in India which has benefitted from Mobile Number Portability. Here people like to either stick to their old network and compromise and not experiment with a new network because of fear of legal complications, bad customer service, procedural issues etc.

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    Idea Mobile Number Portability

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  • If you want to port your number to Idea Mobile Network, this is the procedure to be followed
    1. The user has to get a Unique Porting Code (UPC) by sending an SMS PORT (Mobile Number) to 1909. Then the user will get an 8 digit UPC through an SMS by the DONOR operator, which means the existing mobile operator. This code has to be submitted along with duly filled forms and valid ID proofs to IDEA Mobile.
    2. The user will receive an SMS from Idea when the porting starts. The number will be inactive for 2 or 3 hours.
    3. Please remember that the balance amount in a prepaid number is not carried forward to IDEA
    4. Once the porting to IDEA is done, and you do not use the number for 90 days, the service goes back to the old operator.

    5. While porting your number to IDEA, you will also get the IDEA SIM. The mobile number is the same, every other procedure is the same as getting a new connection.
    6. Post paid subscribers if they wish to port to IDEA have to clear their outstanding bills before applying for porting. Otherwise the porting request is rejected.
    7. You can also port a number from CDMA to GPS phone and vice versa.
    8. There will be a temporary break of service due to the porting process as you shift to IDEA, which will be not more than 2 hours.
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    TRAI says Vodafone should not reject MNP requests on contractual obligation

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  • The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Friday asked telecom service provider Vodafone not to reject MNP requests on the basis of contractual obligations. The TRAI has also asked Vodafone to come up with a compliance report in seven days.

    "The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India hereby directs Vodafone to comply with the provisions of the Telecommunications Mobile Number Portability Regulations, 2009, and direction dated May 24, 2011, and not to reject porting requests on the ground of contractual obligations contrary to the provisions of the aforesaid regulations and direction. It has to furnish compliance report to the authority within a period of seven days." TRAI said in a statement.


    According to TRAI, a porting request cannot be refused on the basis of contractual obligations except for the condition of the subscriber entering into a contract of buying a bundled handset with a postpaid connection having an exit clause and the subscriber has not complied with the same, or in cases of corporate connections with exit clause with which the customer has not again complied with.

    TRAI maintained that porting requests also cannot be rejected if a customer's outstanding dues are less than Rs.10.

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