Advantages and Disadvantages Of Mobile Number Portability in India.
Mobile Number Portability or MNP has been the buzz word since last couple of years in India and finally MNP has been launched in India in the state of Haryana and other states will follow soon. By Jan 20 2011 it is expected to cover the entire country.
But what does MNP really mean for the consumer or the cell phone user in India. Is it really going to benefit him. Lets have a look at the Pros and Cons of Mobile Number Potability (MNP) in India.
- Mobile subscribers would be able to switch service provider while retaining their existing mobile number.
- Just for a small fee of 19/- you can change to a new subscriber (Mobile Service Provider)
- You can switch from GSM to CDMA and vice versa.
- You cannot switch from one State to other which would mean that you cannot have one number across the country. Example if your number is registered in Punjab you cannot switch to a service provider in Maharashtra.
- Once you switch your service provider you cannot switch again for the next 90 days.
- Updated (22-Jan-2011) You might loose balance on prepaid cards.
- In case you make a platform shift you will have to change handsets. This means if you decide to move from CDMA-to-GSM or vice-versa, you will also have to change your handset.
Well to sum it up it seems on the whole the customer is again going to be the king and the mobile companies would surely introduce very attractive plans to retain their existing customers. Mobile number Portability is surely a great thing which is happening to the Indian Mobile users. Lets keep our fingers crossed.