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Yes! you heard it right!! India is now mobile number portable! It won't be an exaggeration to say that today i.e. 20th January 2011, is one of the most significant days in the history of Indian mobile Industry for, today, MNP i.e Mobile Number Portability is finally, implemented in India.

Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said, "We're very happy that we are going to launch it nationally. It's a great step forward for the consumer. It enhances his choice."

Now, with MNP, you can easily switch over to another mobile connection while keeping your mobile number intact! Isn't it great? The best part is that now you'd be completely off the burden of SMSing all your contacts to inform the change of your cell number. 

To shift, you'll have to send an SMS from your phone to 1900. Your present company will reply with a unique porting code. Use that code while filling out a detailed form for the company you want to shift to. Within 48 hours, that company will take over all your cell services. The fees, about Rs 19.

Your cell number will be switched off for only one hour. All bills after that, are paid to your new company. You'll be stuck with them for at least 50 days before you can shift again, so choose with care.

Other important points you should note are : You can use number portability for any post-paid as well as prepaid number. In case of a post-paid number, there shouldn't be any dues. For a prepaid number, carry forward of any balance to the new service provider is not permitted.

While you can shift from a GSM service to CDMA or vice versa, you cannot shift from one state to another. If you do, roaming kicks in, just like it does right now.

Also remember, that when you port your number, you also need to change your SIM. Apart from retaining the same number, the process is same as acquiring a new connection.

By the way, do you know in Haryana, MNP was launched on November 25 and 80000 people have already opted for it. Smile Way to go Haryana!! 

Read More: Frequently Asked Questions about MNP (Mobile Number Portability)