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Much awaited Mobile Number Portability (MNP) facility has finally made the debut in Haryana, and
will be now available all over India on January 20, 2011. Follow these steps to use MNP and switch your mobile operator
Implementation of MNP has been done on zonal basis, i.e. the country has been divided in two zones :
- Zone 1 which consists of Delhi, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, UP (East), UP (West), Himachal Pradesh and J&K.
- Whereas Zone 2 consists of Kolkata, Tamilnadu including Chennai, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Assam, Bihar North East and Orissa.
Mobile Number Portability clearing house administrator (MCHA) Licensee for -
- Zone 1 is M/s. Syniverse Technologies (India) Private Limited.
- Zone 2 is M/s. MNP Interconnection Telecom Solutions India Pvt. Limited.
There were two questions which were constantly there in my mind since I heard about this MNP, which are as follows –
- Will it be possible to change the operators irrespective of the technology they use, i.e. can a mobile number using GSM technology be switched to a CDMA technology service provider. For example – Can I switch from Reliance (CDMA) opt for an Airtel (GSM), while retaining my current mobile phone number?
Answer is “Yes, you can”. CDMA to GSM and GSM to CDMA, both types of network transitions are possible.
- Second question : Can I switch from one circle to other, i.e. can I switch my current number which I am using in Maharashtra and Goa circle, and retain the same number in Uttar Pradesh?
Answer is “No, you can’t”. MNP facility supports changing the networks within the same circle only.
Thanks to this article by Smt. Vibha Tomar, DGM (ES & IT), BRBRAITT Jabalpur, this cleared both the queries.
Now, what could be the reason for switching to some other networks, reasons could be –
- He/She is moving to a new city, and wants to keep the same number, in such case, if the city falls in same circle, there isn’t any need to change the network, and if the new city one is moving to isn’t in same circle, MNP is useless for him/her.
- A person can think of changing his/her network, as the current network seems to be having costly calling rates. However this is something useless to discuss, as the mobile phone companies already are facing a huge competition which is resulting into the benefit of users, every company is giving almost similar calling rates; also the rules set by TRAI are the reason for the minimum calling rates.
- Another reason could be the network issue. The area, or place you live in, or you work in, may be having some connectivity issue for a particular service provider and may be some other service works well in that vicinity. More or less, even this doesn’t sound to be a very important driving factor to switch to some other network, reason being, Mobile Phones are not new to India, people are using mobile phones for ages now, if at all any such issue is there, one would have already opted for the best service provider in terms of network coverage.
Apart from all this, even for some reason if you want to change your mobile phone number, there are so many simple ways to update your contacts about it, email, social networking site, SMS (almost all the companies has some plans using which you can get loads of free SMS or on a rate as cheap as 1paisa).
Now my concern is – why was MNP needed, if at all we have the resources and we are capable enough to launch such a service which needs so much of arrangements that it was postponed a couple of times, then why don’t we think of something which can really bring some change in telecom sector. It’s like, instead of watching a video from your hard disk, you prefer watching a Video on YouTube just because you have an internet connection at your disposal.
If you ask me, MNP is not something so worthy as it seems to be, it is something highly hyped and overrated. What do you think? Kindly share your views in comments, and tell us do you find MNP to be something really useful?