Starting today, there will be no need to fret about those scary roaming charges every time you plan a long trip, or decide to move to another city. The national mobile number portability is finally here.
Roaming and STD calls are very inconvenient if you have to move cities. Recently, BSNL did away with roaming charges for its users. However, all other networks were charging extra if you ventured out of the ‘local’ city. Most people were forced to switch their numbers if they moved, while some people kept multiple SIM cards for different states.
But the good news is that now, with the national mobile number portability (MNP), you will be able to keep your existing number while moving cities. The operators who have agreed to this proposal include Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular, R-Com and state-run BSNL and MTNL. This arrangement will relieve us of roaming charges on moving to a new city.
Up until now, India had intra-circle number portability which allowed retaining your number if you changed the operator within the city. Adding to the ‘no occurrence of roaming and STD‘, this service now also expands to pan India. Meaning, you can retain the same number while moving to different cities and changing operators there.
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As per reports, Airtel customers can enjoy special offers like processing requests to port within Airtel’s network and free incoming on roaming until the portability request is processed. Vodafone, Reliance and Idea are also reported to be all set for offering the service from July 3. Customers will have to request for the service first, in order to get started.