After years of delays, Mobile Number Portability (MNP) will finally be available all over India from January 20.
"We're very happy that we are going to launch it nationally tomorrow. It's a great step forward for the consumer. It enhances his choice," said Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal.
"You can use number portability for any post-paid as well as prepaid number. In case of a post-paid number, there shouldn't be any dues. For a prepaid number, carry forward of any balance to the new service provider is not permitted," said Rajan Mathews, Director General, Cellular Operators Association of India, COAI.
Apart from retaining the same number, the process is same as acquiring a new connection. MNP might be kicking off all over India now, but in Haryana it was launched on November 25 and 80000 people have already opted for it.
So will MNP be a game changer? Not that much, since lots of people now also have an option of buying a dual sim phone. But, if Haryana is any indication MNP seems to have a bright future.
To know more on the process of number portability, click here .
Updated Date: Jan 20, 2011 11:58:02 IST