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Russians can now switch their mobile phone provider and keep their existing mobile phone number thanks to the introduction of mobile number portability
On December 1 in accordance with the law “On introducing alterations in Federal Law “About communication” and article 333 of the Tax Code of Russian Federation the mobile number portability (MNP) service was launched on December 1.
According to the data of Central research institute of communication, 200 requests for mobile number portability have been already submitted. Operators have fixed terms of mobile number portability for their subscribers. The strict terms for all operators will be introduced from April 15, 2014. The MNP service is used in 65 countries around the world.
Russia has now started using this international standard. It is expected that such measures will help to improve communication quality and develop mobile networks. According to different sociological studies, 15-25 per cent of subscribers are willing to change operators. From December 1, 2013, any subscriber can come to other operator with passport and fill in an application form. When the contract is signed and all debts are paid, the subscriber gets a SIM card with a temporary number that will be changed for one to be used after all operational procedures.
After April 15, 2014 terms of mobile number portability will make 8 days.
Using materials of Russian Ministry of Communication and Mass Media
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.