Telecom regulators in India have just approved National Mobile Number Portability, which means that mobile phone users will now be able to retain their mobile numbers when they move to a new city. National Mobile Number Portability (or NMNP) will let users change their telecom circle when they move to a new city, thereby eliminating the need to change their mobile numbers that they have grown to get used to.
How to port your mobile number:
1) Generate an eight-digit Unique Porting Code (UPC)
Send "PORT" <10-digit mobile number> to 1900. This will generate an eight-digit alphanumeric UPC code to help facilitate the porting process.
You will soon get an SMS from 1901 that will contain the UPC code and a UPC expiry date in mm/dd/yyyy format.
2) Gather required documents
You will need:
- Id proof
- Address proof
- One passport size photograph
- Last bill copy: Airtel post-paid customers have the option of carrying forward their outstanding/pending bills to the new telecom circle, and pre-paid customers can carry forward the talk-time amount existing on their number.
2) Visit the mobile operator showroom
As soon as you get the UPC code, head to the service provider's showroom, along with the required docume nts.
- You will need to fill out a mobile number porting form.
- Buy a new sim card