Retaining your old number even while changing the mobile circle is now possible with nationwide Mobile Number Portability (MNP) introduced by Airtel and Vodafone. Now, one can shift anywhere in India and without changing the service provider enjoy the same number.
Department of Telecom (DoT) had given the deadline till May for MNP but the telecom operators found it difficult to meet this requirement as there were many technical challenges in that line. Considering these issues, DoT extended the deadline by 2 more months.
The telecom industry body COAL commented on this, that there was 8 weeks’ time needed to make changes in National Numbering Plan (NNP) and hence this delay was inevitable. Bharti Airtel and Vodafone are amongst the first runners to this change. They have now adopted nationwide MNP and the subscriber can move anywhere in India without changing the number or the service provider. The probable time taken for this porting would be 24 hours which earlier was 8 days.
The service providers are working their best to make this number portability a pleasant experience for the users. In this regards, Airtel has also introduced free incoming even while roaming once the portability request is given. The subscriber would also get the facility of transferring the prepaid balance to the new mobile circle. The postpaid bill would also be forwarded as it is in the new circle.
Bharti Airtel, Market Operations Director, Ajai Puri has called this move of MNP to work as an identity of the subscriber as he or she can take it with him or her anywhere in the nation. The numbers registered in one name will stay as it is for all future references as there would be no need to change the number unless deliberately intended.