Mobile number portability, after all its delays, has finally rolled out in Haryana. This service allows you to change your cell phone's service provider for another one, without having to change your phone number.

You now have a truckload of options

If you want to shift carriers and want to retain your number, you 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, becoming your new service provider. The fee charge you may incur will be about Rs 19. According to Videocon, ” The new SIM purchased will be activated within 7 working days and will be informed to the customer. The SIM will be activated in 15 days in case of Assam, J&K and North east service area.”

Your cell number will be switched off for only one hour. All bills after that are paid to your new company. You will have to be with the new company for at least 50 days before you can shift again. While you can shift from a GSM service to CDMA or vice versa, you cannot shift from one state to another. According to Videocon, “From the time of submission of documents to the time of activation of services, customer will have to continue using his old operator SIM. Just before the activation, the customer will experience a “NO SERVICE” period

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