Update (February 20, 2010): Telecom Minister A Raja has said that the launch of MNP is going to be delayed, and will be introduced in Bangalore and Chennai in May, reports Business Line. Update ( January 28, 2010): TRAI has postponed the launch of MNP in India from December 31, 2010 to March 31, 2010 for all circles. Update (Dec 9, 2009): Department of Telecom (DoT) might have to reschedule the launch of mobile number portability. Please read our post 3G Auctions & Mobile Number PortabilityIn India Delayed? Original Story (Nov 23, 2009): After structuring a framework for mobile number portability and inviting comments from telecom operators on a consultation paper, India's telecom regulator TRAI has now announced a cap on the price a subscriber would have to pay for shifting to a new operator while retaining her existing number. The launch of MNP for metros and category A circles is scheduled for December 31, 2009 and for other circles by March 20, 2010. (Note: Do read our previous article on Rules & Criteria For Applying For Mobile Number Portability In India) Consumers Have To Pay Only Rs. 19 Or Less There are 3 transactions involved in the transfer of a mobile number to another operator, of which two - the per port transaction charge and the dipping charge - are between the participating operators and mobile number portability service providers Telcordia and Syniverse. The subscriber who intends to shift to a new operator and retain her existing number will need to pay only the porting charge. Despite…
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