However, People are familiar with the rules of Mobile Number Portability in India. Technically, the objective of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) is to change the network carrier from an existing carrier to another by retaining the same old mobile telephone number.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recently came up with some new rules for MNP, which has been posted publicly by TRAI on 13th December, 2018. It shall come into force within 6 months from the date of its publication. However, Some of the measures regarding the porting process of MNP will remain the same.
They have changed it to make the porting process faster and more convenient for the customers.
As India follows the donor-led system, the customer wishing to port his/her number will have to contact the donor network to obtain the Unique Porting Code (UPC), which after verification will be sent to the recipient network. A port transaction charge will be charged by the MNP service provider from the recipient carrier for processing each porting request.
- Currently it takes maximum of 7 days to finish the whole proceedings of MNP. But in the new rules penned by TRAI, all the proceedings and verifications will be done and completed by just 2 working days.
- The validity of UPC has been reduced to 4 days by TRAI, which is currently 15 days.
- Earlier than this, the ceiling for porting charges has also been reduced from earlier amount of Rs. 19/- to Rs. 4/- by TRAI, which is probably going to remain the same according the new rules.
How to get the Unique Porting Code (UPC)
PORT<SPACE>841****453(mob. No.) to 1900
Some Facts on MNP One Should Go Through
- Locking period of 90 days same network rule. One can move to another mobile service provider only after 90 days of the date of activation of his/her mobile connection or from the date of last porting of ones mobile number.
- One cannot move on in the verification process proceedings if there is any outstanding postpaid bills. Hence, he/she will not be able to port number with any outstanding postpaid bills.
- For prepaid numbers, after porting, the balance amount will be nulled in the new network carrier. Hence, it is efficiently profitable if one uses away all the remaining amount present from the donor network before porting.
- Any donor network cannot reject the porting request unless there is any serious valid reason. Or else, the network may be fined with compensation of Rs. 10,000/-
- For Corporate/Company connections a NOC is necessary, duly signed and stamped on the company letterhead by the authorised signatory of the company along with the other documents. Porting charges of each number will be applicable.
- Post-paid subscriber needs to submit a paid copy of the last bill along with Porting Form and CAF.
- The new rules will not be applicable for the states of Jammu & Kashmir, Assam and the whole Northeast region.