Mobile Number Poratability is already there and you can now go and on change the compan from Airtel to BSNL or VOdafone or whatsoever and just have the same mobile number , Im not sure atleast me im thinkingi will stay with whatever number i have now with airtel i feel like pride in being airtel customer , but that decision might change based on when they are going to offer 3G , Anyway i will go over with the process to do Mobile Number Portability.
The things you have to know before Mobile Number portability are You can switch from a current prepaid connection to a postpaid one with the new service provider.
>There is compatibility between CDMA and GSM phones so they can switch over whatever way.
>But you have to switch only in the same service area.Like chennai to same chennai and Mumbai to Mumbai only.
Steps to be Done for Number Portability
1. To begin with, you need to generate UPC (Unique Porting Code) by sending SMS to 1900.
• SMS to be sent : PORT to 1900. Operator SMS charges will be applicable.
• Eg. SMS PORT 98XXXXXXXX to 1900
2. After sending SMS to 1900, you will receive UPC (Unique Porting Code) as a SMS from 1901 giving 8 digit alpha-numeric Unique Porting Code (UPC) and UPC expiry date in MM/DD/YYYY format
3. Visit your nearest new service provider outlet / showroom
4. Fill Mobile Number Porting (MNP) form providing details like • Current Mobile Number,• Current Operator name,• UPC code
5. Submit Address & Id proof documents, self-attested photo and last bill copy of postpaid connection (if applicable) along-with filled MNP form and Customer Agreement Form.
6. Buy the new service provider MNP SIM card from new service provider outlet / showroom. SIM charges, talktime value and porting charge are non-refundable in the event of cancellation / rejection of port-in request.
7. Your new service provider will send an SMS on your old/existing operator’s SIM (existing connection) intimating about the porting date and time, i.e. the date and approximate time till when you can continue to use your existing operator’s SIM card.
8. There will be a 2-hour ‘no service period’ which will begin after the porting time as given above. The ‘no service period’ will be between 12 midnight to 5 am during which your mobile service will not be active on any SIM. All efforts will be made to ensure that this ‘no service period’ causes minimum inconvenience to you.