At last, the Mobile Number Portability has been lunch yesterday, and I bet you, the competition will now be higher than you think. Mobile Number Portability (MNP) gives mobile phone users the ability to move to another mobile network and still retain their number (MSISDN). In other words, if you are using Mtn network and peradventure their network sucks at that particular time, you can easily switch to another network without changing any sim from your phone. This means that i can use my Etisalat number on Glo network. This is a new development in Nigeria telecommunication industry.

Steps To Move Your Number To Airtel
1. To begin with, you need to generate UPC (Unique Porting Code) by sending SMS to 1900. UPC is an alphanumeric code allocated, upon request, by a mobile operator to its subscriber for the purpose of facilitation of porting of his/her mobile number to another operator.
• SMS to be sent : PORT to 1900. Operator SMS charges will be applicable.
• Eg. SMS PORT 98XXXXXXXX to 1900

2. After sending SMS to 1900, you will receive UPC (Unique Porting Code) as a SMS from 1901 giving 8 digit alpha-numeric Unique Porting Code (UPC) and UPC expiry date in MM/DD/YYYY format

3. Visit your nearest airtel outlet / showroom

4. Fill airtel Mobile Number Porting (MNP) form providing details like
• Current Mobile Number
• Current Operator name
• UPC code

5. Submit Address & Id proof documents, self-attested photo and last bill copy of postpaid connection (if applicable) along-with filled MNP form and Customer Agreement Form.

6. Buy the airtel MNP SIM card from airtel outlet / showroom. SIM charges, talktime value and porting charge are non-refundable in the event of cancellation / rejection of port-in request.

7. airtel will send an SMS on your old/existing operator’s SIM (existing connection) intimating about the porting date and time, i.e. the date and approximate time till when you can continue to use your existing operator’s SIM card.

8. There will be a 2-hour ‘no service period’ which will begin after the porting time as given above. The ‘no service period’ will be between 12 midnight to 5 am during which your mobile service will not be active on any SIM. All efforts will be made to ensure that this ‘no service period’ causes minimum inconvenience to you.

9. After the ‘no service period’, you can replace your existing operator’s SIM card with the new airtel SIM card in your handset.
Once your airtel SIM card is activated you would be ready to enjoy airtel’s high-quality network, innovative value added services and best-in class customer service using your existing mobile number.
Reference:- Airtel Network

To learn more about how to transfer your number from Mtn, Etisalat, Glo and other networks easily, follow this link Mobile Network Portability.

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  1. Mobile Portability Number is a facility which enables mobile users to retain their Mobile Number when changing from one mobile network operator to another operator, where the user not worried about the change of mobile number.