Last month, most of the telecom companies implemented the compulsory minimum recharge to keep the service active. Airtel, Vodafone and Idea introduced the recharge plan of Rs. 35 with the validity of 28 days. Users need to recharge every month to receive and make calls.
In order to avoid the minimum recharge, so many people are asking for a solution and most of them are considering the Mobile Number Portability. Some thinks that, porting to Jio or BSNL can avoid the minimum recharge rule.
Before doing so, you need to know some points. If you are planning to port to Jio or BSNL, one thing to keep in mind that, Both Jio and BSNL also have the minimum recharge from the beginning itself. In order to use the Jio Service, users need to recharge minimum of Rs. 98 or Rs. 149 every 28 days.
Same in the case of BSNL, users need to do a plan recharge of Rs. 44 or above every 6 months to keep the service active. But if you are choosing Freedom Plan of BSNL with Rs. 136, then you will get 2 years validity.
Porting to Jio
If you are planning to port your existing number to Jio, You have to consider the following things. Porting your primary mobile number which has been kept unused and wish to port to Jio, we didn’t recommend that, because if you are going to Jio. You need to recharge every 28 days with Rs. 98 plan at least.
Second thing, needs to know is that, Jio is a 4G only network and because of that, coverage will be an issue always. Your Jio SIM can only be used in 4G handset and it will be available on those place where 4G coverage is available. Whereas, other network uses 2G, 3G and 4G and the coverage and availability of network won’t be an issue.
Porting to BSNL
If you are really looking to Port out from your current operator, then we recommend BSNL for that. If you consider BSNL, the the best thing is that, BSNL provided coverage in most of the area and also, they have 2G, 3G and now 4G too.
Same like other network, BSNL also to be recharged with plan vouchers, but BSNL offers the most convenient vouchers, For Rs. 44 BSNL provides 6 months validity whereas for Rs 136, they provides 2 years validity.
Is it necessary to Port
If you are good to recharge with Rs. 35 per month, then the best thing is to keep the number with your current operator without porting. It is also expected from the telecom companies will reduce the plan vouchers in the coming months. If you are still needs to port-out, the we recommend BSNL for you.
How to Port-out from current operator
Step 1: Send a text message to 1900 from the mobile that you wish to port out in the format.
PORT [space] [mobile number]
Eg: if the number is 9123456789, then send message to 1900 in the format PORT 9123456789
Step 2: In return, you will get a message with a UPC (Unified Porting Code)
Note: You have to clear of all the dues with your current operator, otherwise the porting request will be rejected.
Step 3: Approach the office of new operator, where you wish to port-in. Provide them the details such as mobile number, porting code and the required documents etc.
Step 4: You will be provided with a new SIM card and after 5 to 7 days, your current SIM card will be disconnected and the number will be activated on the new number.
Note: We reported last week about the 2 days mobile number portability introduced by TRAI. But the new system is not yet implemented in all the circles.