Airtel, Vodafone launch nationwide Mobile Number Portability in India

Airtel, Vodafone launch nationwide Mobile Number Portability in India

Bharti Airtel and Vodafone today announced the launch of their nationwide Mobile Number Portability (MNP) in India. The new announcement comes as a result of the implementation that TRAI made for all telecom operators in the country back in February.

The nationwide MNP is applicable to all pre-paid and postpaid subscribers, and is designed to facilitate them with an option to carry their existing mobile number from one telecom circle to another across India. It also provides subscribers the ability to choose the operator of their choice while shifting from one state to another, without changing their existing number.

“With our complete readiness to launch National Mobile Number Portability, we aim to empower customers enabling them to retain this identity as they move across anywhere in the country,” Ajai Puri, Director – Market Operations, Airtel, said, adding, “To facilitate a seamless transition we will also allow our customers to enjoy free incoming on roaming while their number portability request is being processed.”

Subscribers who want to port their existing number need to visit any of their nearest Airtel or Vodafone store and then send a provided eight-digit UPC code to 1900. Once the code is verified from the operator end, subscribers require to fill up the CAF and porting-in form along with submitting relevant documents to their numbers.

Nationwide MNP in India

Nationwide Mobile Number Portability (MNP) to begin in India starting July 3

“Customers will be the biggest gainers of the National MNP service as it allows them to carry their existing number across India and also choose the operator of their choice. Vodafone has benefited from the intra-circle MNP that was rolled out in 2011 and we look forward to a similar response this time,” Vodafone India’s Chief Commercial Officer Vivek Mathur said in a separate statement.

Apart from Airtel and Vodafone, all the other telecom operators will provide nationwide MNP to their subscribers starting July 3. The service will be applicable to all the telecom circles across the country, except for subscribers moving to Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and northeastern states due to some security reasons.

Subscribers who opt for nationwide MNP will be provided free incoming calls on roaming once they raise a number portability request from their end. Also, the operators will transfer their balance in pre-paid or carry forward their unbilled amount in case of postpaid connections while porting their number to a new telecom circle.

In May, the Department of Telecom (DoT) ordered telecom operators to start letting mobile phone users dial STD numbers without adding 0 or +91 as a prefix. This development comes after the implementation of nationwide MNP and is currently rolling out for subscribers in the metro cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.

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