Indian consumer to pay just Rs 19 to change their carrier under mobile number portability regime

23 Nov

TRAI has confirmed that mobile users would be able to shift service providers through MNP from December 31, 2009 by paying a service fee of Rs 19 only. Mobile Number portability (MNP) allows subscribers to retain their current mobile numbers while shifting to a new operator.


Subscribers in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh will be allowed MNP from December 31, 2009. Subscribers in the rest of India will be able to avail this facility from March 2010. 

According to TRAI, this facility of retention of the existing mobile number despite choosing a new carrier will trigger more competition among the various service providers. Also, it will act as a catalyst to encourage operators to enhance their services.

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