Come August and mobile phone subscribers will not have to go through the troublesome routine of informing everyone about a number change in case they decide to switch to another service provider.
Union Communications and IT Minister A Raja said that the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) plans to introduce Mobile Number Portability (MNP) in major cities, followed by other cities by the end of this year. He made the announcement at the launch of BSNL's 3G services in Chennai.
The MNP system will allow subscribers to retain their number when they shift their telecom service provider.
The DoT had approved MNP in November 2008, saying the system would initially be introduced in the metros.