Mobile number portability has finally rolled out in Haryana. This service allows you to change your cell phone's service provider for another one, without having to change your phone number.
If you want to shift carriers and want to retain your number, you have to send an SMS from your phone to 1900. Your present company will reply with a unique porting code. Use that code while filling out a detailed form for the company you want to shift to. Within 48 hours, that company will take over, becoming your new service provider. The fee charge you may incur will be about Rs. 19.
Your cell number will be switched off for only one hour. All bills after that are paid to your new company. You will have to be with the new company for at least 50 days before you can shift again. While you can shift from a GSM service to CDMA or vice versa, you cannot shift from one state to another.
"The circles don't change. If you are in Karnataka, you are a Karnataka subscriber. If you shift from one state to another, roaming kicks in, just like it does right now," said Rajan Mathews.
If you stay in Haryana, you can switch companies starting on November 25. Users in other circles will have to wait till early next year (2011). The industry says it can cope with the huge data transfers, without compromising national security.
Updated Date: Feb 02, 2017 22:50:36 IST