the Mobile Number Portability has been lunch today, and I bet you, the
competition will now be higher than you think. Mobile Number Portability
(MNP) gives mobile phone users the ability to move to another mobile
network and still retain their number (MSISDN). In other words, if you are using
Mtn network and peradventure their network sucks at that particular time, you
can easily switch to another network without changing any sim from your phone. This means that i can use my Etisalat number on Glo network. This is a new development in the telecommunication industry.
begin with, you need to generate UPC (Unique Porting Code) by sending SMS to
1900. UPC is an
alphanumeric code allocated, upon request, by a mobile operator
to its subscriber for the purpose of facilitation of porting of his/her mobile
number to another operator.
SMS to be sent : PORT <your Mobile Number> to 1900. Operator SMS charges
will be applicable.
Eg. SMS PORT 98XXXXXXXX to 1900
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
Visit your nearest airtel outlet /
Fill airtel Mobile Number Porting
(MNP) form providing details like
Current Mobile Number
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.
Buy the airtel MNP SIM card from
airtel outlet / showroom. SIM charges, talktime value and porting charge are
non-refundable in the event of cancellation / rejection of port-in request.
airtel 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.
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.
After the ‘no service period’, you
can replace your existing operator’s SIM card with the new airtel SIM card in
you would be ready to enjoy airtel’s high-quality network, innovative value
added services and best-in class customer service using your existing mobile
To learn more about how to transfer your number from Mtn, Etisalat, Glo and other networks easily, follow this link Mobile Network Portability.