With mobile network operators aplenty, changing your mobile service provider is now an easy task. Mobile Number Portability or MNP is a process that allows you to switch your network operator without changing your number. However, there are a few things you should know before initializing the process. For instance, porting is only possible within the same telecom circle. Also, the connection you have should be active for more than 90 days. There should be no dues in terms of bills whatsoever. If all the mentioned criteria are fulfilled, following are the steps which will help you port your mobile number:
Select the service operator you would like to port your number to. Check out the website for detailed information about the services and offers they provide.
Once decided, call the customer care number of the operator and tell them your requirement. The best trick to get special offers is by not generating the unique porting code or UPC right away. Pretend as if you are no longer interested in changing your service provider and ask them if they have an offer better than the previous one. Sooner or later, they will tell you an offer that is not even listed on the website. This is when you have hit the jackpot. Listen to the offer closely and make sure to keep a check on the services being offered.
When the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) services being offered and the tariff plans are all finalized, ask the operator to send someone for paperwork. If doorstep facility is not available in your locality, visit the nearest mobile gallery. The executives from the company will help you with the process of filling the Porting Form and Consumer Acquisition Form (CAF).
Generate the UPC for the Porting Form. You can do this by sending PORT <Space>Mobile Number as message to 1900. Make sure to send the SMS correctly. For people based in Jammu and Kashmir, the verification process requires them to call on 1900. The difference in procedure is because of the security concerns
You will also have to submit a passport size photograph along with the forms. A self attested copy of any one of the following identity forms is also required.
– Driving license
– Aadhar card
– Voter ID
– PAN Card
A Rent Agreement, Landline bill, Electricity bill or a 3 month bank statement can be submitted as an address proof. Post-paid customers need to submit a copy of their last bill.
After you have submitted all the relevant documents with correct details, a SIM card is issued. You will be charged up to Rs 19 depending on the service provider. You also have an option to withdraw your porting request within 24 hours.
Step 7: Usually, the process takes 7 days to complete. In Jammu and Kashmir and north-eastern states, it takes up to 15 days. You can keep using your old SIM all this while, and only a disruption of 2 hours occurs when you insert your new SIM card into the phone.
Following the mentioned simple steps, you can easily avail the Mobile Number Portability or MNP services. Makes sure you have all the necessary documents and the process is as easy as it can be.