Monday, February 21, 2011

Mobile Number Portability Idea to Tata Docomo Experience

Mobile Number Portability (MNP) is a facility in the Mobile Telecom Industry which enables a mobile phone subscriber to move to a new operator while retaining his old number.When you switch to a new telecom company you can take your number along to the new provider.Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has been asking operators to roll out  MNP in India for the benefit of the subscribers.Telecom Companies were prolonging the rollout getting excuses from the ministry because of fear of another price war in the already crowded space.


MNP offers an opportunity for GSM subscribers to shift to CDMA technology and vice versa.It cost you a maximum of 19 Rs to port to a new service provided.You should have a minimum commitment of three months.Also porting is possible only with in a circle.This means you cannot port your connection in Kerala Circle to Tamil Nadu Circle.TRAI has made it mandatory to port the connection within seven days.A service disruption of two hours need to be beared by the customer.But porting happens only in the night between 10 pm and 5 am.So those 2 hours wont be much of a problem to many.

The procedure to port are different for different operators.Your current operator should approve the porting.If there are any dues there is possibility that your porting application would be rejected.

Idea to Tata Docomo MNP Experience
  1. SMS PORT 9947202625 to 1900 on 04/02/2011 19:17.
  2. Got an SMS from 1901 on 04/02/2011 19:18 saying "Unique Porting Code for your mobile number 9947202625 is IL715267 UPC Expiry Date is 19/02/2011 19:19:45".
  3. Got an SMS from 52291 on 04/02/2011 19:37 saying "Hi!Your Request for MNP is registered successfully.1253925".
  4. Got an SMS from TA-1901 on 04/02/2011 19:38 saying "Your Port in Request for Mobile Number 9947202625 to TATA Tele has been forwarded to your service provider for approval.Thank you - TATA Tele."
  5. Got an SMS from TA-1901 on 09/02/2011 12:30 saying "Your Port in Request for Mobile Number 9947202625 has been accepted.Your mobile number will be ported on 02/09/11 at 23:48 PM. For any queries call 1800-266-#."
  6. Next SMS is from 52270 giving Tata Docomo GPRS Dive In Value added setting.You will recieve the GPRS setting named Divein.Delete it as it means your balance will reduce wen you browse.Another setting called TATADOCOMOINTERNET is the right setting that wont reduce your balance.To get it SMS "INTERNET" to 52270 and save the received settings.
  7. It is preferred you do a 1900 call to do a Do Not Disturb (DND) to avoid unsolicited marketing calls to your phone.
I had a balance of about 200 Rupees.With great effort i reduced it to Rs 2 before porting.I left Rs 2 to idea for the four year association with them.They have been annoyingly sending SMS and calls.After DND Idea added me to some CH-99 magazine without my consent.It was a fraud and reducing Rs 3 from my balance everyday.Instruction to disable it was missing from all their customer care helpline.I disabled it some how.Again they added me to it.Then i called their customer care which costs me money to tell them about their fraud and i threatened to send a legal notice knowing that they care a damn about me since they had better lawyers.Some how they disabled it.

Tata Docomo is operating in 1900 MHZ GSM.So signal strength is weak.Also coverage is not great.The network is called IND-35 TATA DOCOMO in my phone.Missed call alert is free in tata unlike in Idea.Also browsing internet on phone or on PC using phone as a modem is pretty fast unlike the Idea Netsetter that initially costed me Rs 3000 and providing sucking 20 - 70 kbps on their EDGE network.Tata is claiming that they have presence in 756 towns in Kerala and 2237 network sites.I am on their network site.So a roaming symbol is present in my phone.




My MNp Offer was like this
  1. Porting charge: Rs 19.The shopkeeper took 15 only since he was busy on a call and i was the one sending SMSes from his phone for activation.
  2. Rs 10 talktime.
  3. 1 GB Data valid for one month.
  4. Tariff is 1 paisa per second for Local/STD calls,Gulf calls at 12 paisa per second, 1 paisa / 6 seconds for local Tata Docomo calls for three months.
  5. After one paid SMS 99 SMSes are free for life.
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