Mobile numbers are an important part of our digital lives. It is a part of our identity which helps others reach out to us at any point in time. While communication technologies have long since moved on from calls and SMS, with the rise of the internet to the various apps, yet giving a call to someone still has a lot of benefits especially for an urgent response. One of the biggest problems with the mobile number is that if you want to switch your network, you may have to inform all of your contacts that you are switching your number as well. Well, that is not the case if you want to go for Mobile Number Portability (MNP) or port. Through porting you can keep your mobile number as you move your connection to a different network provider. This is the perfect solution in case you want to reap the benefits of moving to a better network and avail the offers and plans there. Here is a guide on how to port SIM which will elaborate the process step-by-step:
- Check if your number is portable – The first step in this process is to check if your number is eligible to be ported. In order to port your number to a different network provider, you need to have spent at least 90 days with your current operator. Also in case you have a postpaid number, you need to clear off your last bill as well as the unbilled usage before porting your number. Some numbers that are currently a part of an ongoing legal proceeding may be marked by the court as non-portable till the proceedings are completed.
- Generate the Unique Porting Code – Once you have ensured your number can be ported, you can generate the Unique Porting Code or simply called porting code or UPC for your number. For this step, simply send an SMS to 1900 with the text “PORT<10 digit mobile number>”. In a short while, a message will be sent to your mobile number with your unique porting code.
- Move to the new operator – Once you have received your UPC, you need to move fast and get in touch with your new subscriber either through their physical stores or visit their website to reach them online. You will be given a new SIM card by the new network provider which may be free or charged. Some of the premium providers provide free SIM cards.
- Submit your KYC documents – You need to submit your basic KYC documents such as proof of identity, and proof of residence, and passport-sized photographs. These can be submitted while you are visiting the store with your UPC or to the telecom executive as they visit your residence for the free SIM delivery in case you are porting to Airtel.
- Wait for activation – From the time of successful submission of your KYC documents, it may take 48 to 72 hours for your new SIM to get activated. Your old SIM card will continue to work throughout the process so that you are never left without the mobile at any point in time. As the new SIM card gets activated your porting process will be completed and you can start using it as usual.
If you port into Airtel, you can keep a regular check on your porting process through the Airtel Thanks App. You can log in to the Airtel Thanks App using your porting number. With the free home delivery of your SIM card and doorstep KYC collection, the entire process of porting to Airtel can be carried out without ever stepping out of your home.