Unique Porting Code or UPC might be familiar for most of the mobile users in India now. From the time Mobile Number Portability came into functional, the work Porting Code or UPC is there. UPC or Unique Porting Code is a code that is used for porting or changing the mobile network from the current operator to a new one.
Here we will check the details about the Unique Porting Code which includes most of the frequently asked questions about that such as,
- What is a Unique Porting Code (UPC) for SIM
- Use of Unique Porting Code?
- How to get UPC for the SIM?
- How Long will be the Validity of UPC?
- What happens if the UPC expired?
What is a Unique Porting Code (UPC) for SIM
As mentioned above, the Unique Porting Code is a code that you receive from your current mobile operator. This code will be used to switch your mobile network or provider to a new one without changing the mobile number. The process involved in this is called Mobile Number Portability. Simply, it can be called as changing the mobile service provider to a new one without changing the existing mobile number.
With Mobile Number Portability (MNP), you can change your network, whether it is Vodafone, Idea, Airtel, BSNL or Jio to a new provider. It can be from Airtel to Idea, BSNL to Jio, Jio to Airtel, depends on your choice.
The switching can be done only with a UPC. Since Idea and Vodafone are merged and the service of these operators are not going good, people tend to port Vodafone numbers to airtel and similarly idea to airtel or to Jio and mainly in Kerala users prefer to port to BSNL.
Use of Unique Porting Code?
Unique Porting Code is used as an identification for the mobile number that is used for Porting. Without the UPC, the number cannot be ported. So the Unique Porting Code is used as the PIN for the entire process. To complete the process, the user needs to submit the Code along with other documents to the new service provider.
Then the new service provider will send the request to the existing operator for approval. The current operator will check the UPC code. If the code is matching with the code in their system, the porting request will be approved, if no other issues exist.
If the code is wrong, the request will be rejected, and the porting will not happen. In that case, the user needs to do the same process again.
How to get UPC for the SIM?
If you are planning to switch your mobile network, then you need to send one SMS from your mobile to 1900. The format for the same is PORT < space > 10 DIGIT MOBILE NUMBER
For, eg, if the mobile number is 9123456789, then send an SMS to 1900 in the following format.
For the SMS, the user will be charged with Rs. 1/- or the corresponding SMS charge as per the plan. Once done, you will receive an SMS from 1901 with Porting Code. Share the UPC code with the new operator’s store (the network you are going to switch to) or any retail shop and ask them for the MNP. Submit the required document and done.
How Long will be the Validity of UPC?
UPC will be valid for 15 days. Use the code before the validity end. For a smooth transfer, it is recommended to use the code at least 4 or 5 days before the expiry. Before the expiry date, if you sent the port message again, you will get the same porting code with the same validity. So, if you can’t use the existing UPC in that particular validity period, sent the PORT message again after the validity ends.
What happens if the UPC expired?
It is recommended to use the UPC at least 4 to 5 days before the expiry date. Once the current operator has processed the UPC code, then there is no issue. Otherwise, you need to get a new porting code with a new validity to start the process again.
Suppose, the Porting Code has been processed, you will get a message from the new operator regarding the status. It is not recommended to initiate the porting request on the last or one day before the porting code expiry date. So always do it at least 4 or 5 days before it.
Update: Due to the lockdown and the poor maintenance of the service main operators like Jio and Airtel service are now not consistent once compared with last year’s. Many users are porting from one operator to others now. As we all know, currently there are only four main operators in the country and the choice is now limited. Since Jio having the highest number of customers, the trend is looking like Jio to airtel port request is increasing these days.
Porting from Jio to Airtel is nothing different from other operators. Just sent one message from your Jio number with the port request to 1900 and follow the steps as mentioned above. However, one thing to be noted is, in order to send the port request you must have one active plan on your Jio number, otherwise the SMS will not be sent.
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