Yes !! You heard it right 🙂 Telecom / Mobile Subscribers or mobile users in India can get cancellation of their intra-circle roaming charges or avoid them totally ! as per the NTP [ National Telecom Policy] To be adopted by TRAI by 13 th May 2012
According to the NTP, a subscriber would be able to change his operator and at the same time retain his number, even if he moves to another state/circle. Thus the Mobile Number Will be Same but
its Base/Home Circle Will be Ported resulting in cut off of roaming .
Here’s how you can port your existing mobile number from one state/circle to another –
To begin with, you need to generate UPC (Unique Porting Code) by sending SMS to 1900. UPC is an alphanumeric code allocated, upon request, by a mobile operator to its subscriber for the purpose of facilitation of porting of his/her mobile number to another operator.
- SMS to be sent : PORT <your Mobile Number> to 1900. Operator SMS charges will be applicable.
- Eg. SMS PORT 98XXXXXXXX to 1900
After sending SMS to 1900, you will receive UPC (Unique Porting Code) as a SMS from 1901 giving 8 digit alpha-numeric Unique Porting Code (UPC) and UPC expiry date in MM/DD/YYYY format
Visit your nearest Simcard outlet / showroom and submit a new card if you’re switching operator .
Now , Fill up Mobile Number Porting (MNP) form providing details like
- Current Mobile Number
- Current Operator name
- UPC code
Submit Address & Id proof documents, self-attested photo and last bill copy of postpaid connection (if applicable) along-with filled MNP form and Customer Agreement Form.
- That’s it!
Considering the Large success of MNP, Till the end of March, close to 42 million subscribers had opted for MNP, according to TRAI .. its quite a big step.. because now a subscriber can not only change his mobile operator/ but also his circle to avoid the roaming Charges
Last Time MNP infused a tariff war / race to pull up each others subscribers into own Operating services.. NTP implemented MCP [Mobile Circle Portability] Or MNCP [Mobile Number Circle Portability] will surely ignite a new war between operators , I Hope this results not only in Lowering of tariff Rates , but Increase in the Quality Of Service Provided such as Network, Congestion Free Nature etc .. Let’s keep our Fingers Crossed Upon it 🙂