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Mobile Number Portability for Russia

Russia plans to end so-called “mobile slavery” by introducing mobile number portability from December, according to Telecommunications Minister Nikolay Nikiforov.

The country will at least partially start number portability from Dec.1 as planned despite proposals to delay introduction until April 1, Nikiforov said, according to official government newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta. The ministry expects about three million Russians a year to change operator while keeping their mobile-phone number, Nikiforov told Rossiyskaya.

Tele2 Russia and OAO MegaFon (MFON) have already successfully tested number portability, and OAO Mobile TeleSystems (MBT) and VimpelCom Ltd. (VIP) followed last week, the 31-year-old minister said. Russia has a mobile penetration rate of 164 percent, which means there are 1.64 active SIM-cards for each person in its population of 143 million, according to research agency Advanced Communications & Media.

Mobile Number Portability allows mobile phone customers to switch their mobile phone provider without losing their existing mobile phone number.



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What is Mobile Number Portability?

Mobile Number Portability, MNP or mobile number porting allows you to transfer your existing mobile phone number from to another mobile phone operator. This saves you having to tell your family, friends and contacts your new number... You can keep your existing mobile phone number. The process is termed mobile number portability (MNP), or mobile number porting. It's quick and very easy to do - use our handy tool above to obtain full instructions.

NOTE: You can order your new phone and contract before you initiate mobile number portability. Just DO NOT cancel your current mobile phone contract until mobile number portability has been initiated (or you will lose your current mobile phone number)

Mobile Number Portability costs 100 ruble.

To keep your mobile phone number when switching to another mobile phone operator, use our handy tool above to obtain your mobile number porting instructions. Just select your current and new phone operators, click OK and you'll receive full instructions for mobile number portability.