Mobile users will get nationwide number portability starting today

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had extended the deadline for nationwide mobile number portability in May. Operators in India are set to rollout nationwide mobile number portability tomorrow, July 3.

If you are switching jobs, or cities, you no longer have to change your mobile number. Operators in India have started rolling out nationwide mobile number portability from today, July 3. A mobile subscriber who purchased a mobile subscription in one state but now lives in another state could port the same number to the local telecom circle with the operator that offers the best tariff.

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had extended the deadline for nationwide mobile number portability in May. In order to retain subscribers, operators have begun offering free roaming across India on the same number. Operators were quick to announce their plans to allow subscribers move across states in India and retain the same number.

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In a statement by Bharti Airtel, Ajai Puri, Director – Market Operations said, “Today, not only has mobile phone become an essential part of our lives, the mobile number has equally become an indispensable identification for each one of us. With our complete readiness to launch National Mobile Number Portability, we aim to empower customers enabling them to retain this identity as they move across anywhere in the country. To facilitate a seamless transition we will also allow our customers to enjoy free incoming on roaming while their number portability request is being processed.”

MTS India said it "welcomes the Government’s decision to roll out Mobile Number Portability (MNP) on a PAN India basis on 3rd July 2015. The Company is fully geared up to comply with the deadline. The move will enable MTS India to quickly and efficiently process all number portability requests. The implementation of MNP is bound to set new benchmarks in customer service standards within the Indian telecom sector."

RCOM said it "is ready to roll out Mobile Number Portability nationally from July 3, 2015 onwards, and this will allow our customers to retain their mobile number in any part of the country and continue to enjoy our best-in-class network and services. Reliance Communications will also be offering attractive and aggressive plans for both its pre-paid and post-paid customers, as well as customers porting in from other networks, to ensure that this is a seamless and easy transition."

Idea Cellular's CMO, Sashi Shankar said, “As a result of Idea’s growing network presence, focus on customer centricity, and a strong brand connect with the audience, our MNP leadership has grown consistently ever since services were launched in 2011. We are confident that the strong brand stickiness and growing preference will continue to benefit us as we now extend this service on a pan-India basis enabling users switching cities to retain their number.”

"MNP service allows the customers to carry their existing number across India and also choose the operator of their choice. Vodafone has benefited from the intra-circle MNP that was rolled out in 2011 and we look forward to a similar response this time," Vivek Mathur, chief commercial officer, Vodafone India said.

National Mobile Portability has been a long standing issue and has taken years to come into effect. In 2011, India allowed mobile number portability, but it was restricted to the same telecom circle.

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