BSNL to Launch Pan-India Offers For Mobile Number Portability by January 20

Written By Sam on 13 January 2011

Mobile number portability (MNP) has been announced but operators are still dragging their feet. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), India’s national telecom service provider, is expected to launch a nationwide mobile number portability by 20th January.

Provided in this offer are a free connection, free mobile internet and other facilities to all port-in customers who switch to BSNL from other service providers throughout the country except in Haryana.

The MNP port-in charge of Rs. 19 will be waived and a free SIM card (32K) will be provided to all such port-in subscribers switching over to BSNL. The STV/First Recharge Coupon (FRC) for the BSNL mobile services will be free of cost and ported in through the BSNL Customer Service Center. When service is activated, all such customers will get free talk time applicable with the appropriate FRC chosen by them. All such customers will also get free GPRS data access up to 5 GB for one month.

For post-paid customers the activation charges are waived and there will be a 50% rebate on the fixed monthly rental/charge(FMC) for the first month after porting in to BSNL.

According to the tariff plan selected by the port-in subscriber, the call/SMS/Data plans will carry the usual freebies.

Here is how to go about migrating to BSNL. Contact the nearest BSNL customer service center and then:

  • Take UPC by sending SMS PORT followed by their existing 10 digit mobile number to 1900.
  • Migrating customer to submit CAF (complete application form) and the MNP form with UPC at the customer service center.
  • Customers will have to provide an alternative number and the desired FRC (2G/3G) and record on BSNL/Porting CAF for future use.
  • Customer will then be provided with a virgin SIM on which the number will be created after 72 to 96 hours by inserting the SIM and dialing “123” to activate BSNL services.
  • The CCN individual will have to complete the required entries in the FXGUI, stating the type of FRC in the fields provided and order out creation of a new port in number using MSISDN, IMSI, UPC.
  • SIM will be created only after 72 hours and that too only after approval of the port-out operator, subject to a maximum of 96 hours.
  • Before BSNL services are activated on the new SIM, there will be no service available for 2 hours either on the old SIM of the old carrier or the new SIM from BSNL.

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