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Mobile Number Portability Starts From Today

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, will formally inaugurate the nation-wide rollout of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) service today.Mobile number portability starts from today and will allow users to switch operators without losing their phone numbers and will force telecom providers to improve the quality of their services.

As Mobile Number Portability takes off across the country today, all you need to do is switch operators if the one you have isn't meeting your needs and standards.

MNP services were first launched in Haryana in November last year.

Aditya Birla group firm Idea Cellular today started a helpline to guide over 700 million mobile users on various aspects of the service. "Idea's new Toll Free Number 1800-270-0000 will offer all relevant information on the processes and procedures of availing MNP.

There should not be any outstanding payment by way of pending bills if you are post paid customers can apply for availing of MNP services. For a prepaid number, carry forward of any balance to the new service provider is not permitted.

Some existing customers may migrate to different operators, some may shift to us for better coverage.

You can shift from a GSM service to CDMA or vice versa, you cannot shift from one state to another. If you do, roaming kicks in, just like it does right now.

You can't retain the number you had in Mumbai if you shift base to Delhi. The subscriber will have to pay Rs 19 as porting charge. Once a subscriber shifts to another operator, he cannot port his number again for another 90 days.

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