Do you keep shifting cities due to your work or any other reason? In such a scenario, one of the problem faced by people is changing their mobile numbers. Apart from that, letting others know about this change is equally a daunting task. But all this is going to change forever today, as TRAI has officially rolled out the National Mobile Number Portability (NMNP) scheme across India.
All the major telecom operators including Airtel, BSNL, Idea, MTNL, Reliance Communications and Tata Docomo have announced that they would launch national mobile number portability from today i.e., 3rd July.The NMNP is definitely going to increase the customer churning, which would be somewhat similar to one experienced during intra-circle mobile number portability during 2011. A customer may or may not stick with his current network service provider depending upon quality of service and mobile network in the new telecom circle.
In a nutshell the national mobile number portability will allow you to change both your telecom operator as well as telecom circle, while at the same time retain your good old number. The NMNP service could be availed by any subscriber (postpaid/prepaid) of all the Indian telecom operators.
Initially when TRAI proposed NMNP, it was opposed by telecom companies as this would lead to loss of their roaming revenue as well as revenue generated through sale of new numbers. The NMNP was earlier scheduled for May 3 roll out, however it was pushed ahead by 2 months as telecom companies were not ready with hardware and software needed to implement it.
Airtel has already announced its NMNP offers for existing customers. The company has promised completion of mobile number portability requests within 24 hours, as well as free incoming calls till their request is pending. In addition, the postpaid customers will carry forward the unbilled/outstanding amount and prepaid customers will be able to carry forward balance on their cards.
Vodafone said, “Customers looking for the convenience of retaining their existing number at the new location can avail the benefits of national MNP service.”
“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 Chief Commercial Officer Vivek Mathur said.
Idea Cellular said it has enabled its network to roll out the DoT mandated national MNP services for mobile users across the country.
“Idea has been the MNP leader with over 14 million net gain of customers so far, through intra circle MNP services.
Uninor, Sistema Shyam Teleservices and Videocon also said they will roll out the service to meet the July 3 deadline fixed by the government.