How can you Port your Mobile Number
There is the excitement that comes with getting a new job which is paying higher than the previous one. I could not hide my happiness as this was a great achievement. This changed abruptly the moment I stepped in my new office. There was no signal from my mobile phone network provider. It meant that I was not in a position to communicate through my mobile phone when in that office.
My employer had installed a booster for a different cellphone network provider. I had no choice but to port my number to that network provider if I was to communicate when in office. This process took seven days.
What is Mobile Number Portability
It is a government sponsored process where you are allowed to retain your mobile phone number when changing from one mobile network provider to another.
It applies to both pre-paid and post-paid numbers. One is able to convert a number from CDMA to GSM or the other way round.
In order for you to be eligible for this, you must have used the old provider network for a minimum of 90 days.
Procedure to port your mobile number
- Send an SMS with acronym MNP to 1900. A Unique Porting Number (UPC) will be sent to your phone.
- Visit your new operator’s office
- Carry your ID, the UPC and a document showing your address. Your most recent photograph is also needed. Visit this office as soon as possible because UPC has an expiry date.
- If you are using post-paid service, it is mandatory for you to clear all pending bills for you to be given NOC. A bill is sent by the former network provider after the porting process go through.
- After seven days, you will receive a message from your former network provider. It is a confirmation that the process has completed.
- During the exact period of porting, your number will be inactive for about two hours. It occurs at midnight.