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India – Switch to a new mobile operator in just four days

If you are unhappy with your mobile service provider, you won’t have to put up with it for much longer. Very soon, you will be able to switch to another telecom operator. All it will take is an application and a four-day wait.

But you will have to follow some dos and don’ts. For instance, you can switch operators only after being with one for three months.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Wednesday announced several regulations for mobile number portability (MNP).

This allows subscribers to retain their existing mobile numbers, whether they change telecom operators — irrespective of the mobile technology — or switch from one cellular mobile technology to another of the same service provider.

A subscriber can apply for change of operator after 90 days of the date of activation of his mobile connection with the existing operator. He will have to apply for MNP to the operator he wants to shift to.

He may be required to pay a fee for the switch and will have to clear all bills issued prior to the date of his request.

A subscriber may also withdraw his application within 24 hours of submitting it. But the fee is not refundable.

The government had earlier announced a deadline of December 31 for implementation of MNP in metros and Category A circles (Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Maharashtra) and March 20, 2010 for the rest of the country.

“The introduction of MNP will help increase competition between telecom operators and act as a catalyst for them to improve quality of service,” said TRAI chairman J.S. Sarma.

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September 24, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized |

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