Everything you will need to know about how to port to MTN number is contained in this article. Before we delve into the nitty-gritty of how to port an MTN number, we have to look at what porting actually means.
Mobile number portability which is widely known as porting is implemented in a variety of ways around the world.
The International and European standards indicate that if a customer wishes to port or switch their number from one telecommunication service to another, all they have to do is to contact the new network provider on which they wish to be.
The new network provider will then send the number portability request to the subscriber’s current network, and this astute process is widely referred to as recipient-led porting.
A Guide To Port Your MTN Number
A guide to port your MTN number requires that you follow some set of instructions to either use MTN with the SIM card of another telecommunication company or use the services of another telecommunication company with an MTN SIM card.
Well, this article can serve as a guide for you because I will be taking you through how you can actually port to MTN without going through massive stress.
The routing of calls or mobile messages (SMS, MMS) to a particular number after it has been ported is a significant technical aspect of mobile number portability.
There are different flavors of call routing implementation around the world, but the International and European best practice is to use a central database of ported numbers.
A network operator copies the central database and queries it to determine which network to send a call to.
Furthermore, as a subscriber who wishes to port his or her number, you should be aware that in order for your porting to be successful, the service providers and carriers that route messages and voice calls to mobile number portability-enabled countries may use home location register query services to determine the correct network of a mobile phone number.
With the above explanation, I can now assume you know everything that you need to know about mobile number portability so now let’s get to the business of how to port MTN number.
How Can I Port My Number To MTN
Porting to MTN is actually a straightforward process and if you are bent on porting your number to MTN, then do the following;
Buy a new MTN SIM card and after the purchase, you must see to it that you register it in accordance with the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication Related Information Act (RICA).
During the registration process, your Identification Document as well as your proof of residence will be taken as this will aid in the registration process.
One thing you should not do is insert the new SIM card into any device and this is because it will activate the phone number that came with it. This will prevent the number from being used in the porting process.
The next step in the porting process is to send an SMS to the number 083 767 8287. The SMS that you will send should have the message body, ‘PORTME# followed by your 10-digit phone number on the new MTN SIM card”.
After this process, it is advisable to wait for a minimum of 24 hours before inserting your new MTN SIM card into your phone as this will ensure that the process completes successfully.
The last step is to insert your SIM card into your phone and activate it. To activate your SIM card, choose ‘New Number’ once you insert the SIM card into your phone.
The above process is all that you need to do to port your number from any telecommunication service to MTN.
How To Port to MTN Online
Porting your number online is not possible, however, you can do so via a USSD code provided by MTN. In this section, I will be taking you through the process.
Before you can use the USSD code to port from your old service provider to MTN, you must first start the process at an MTN office so I would advise that you proceed to the MTN office to start the process.
When going to the MTN office, kindly take along your valid identification document, and must see to it that you remember your old number so you can keep the number.
After that, you must complete and submit the port-in-form. Finally, to complete the validation process, send PORT to 3232 via SMS or dial 3232 and follow the voice prompts.
I hope the above explanation has completely answered every question that you might have concerning porting your MTN online or using the USSD code provided by MTN.
Can I Change From Vodacom to MTN?
Thinking of changing from Vodacom to MTN but having a headache as to whether you can keep your Vodacom number while using MTN, then I would tell you to worry no more.
In fact, as one of the most renowned telecommunication service providers in South Africa, MTN makes it possible for potential subscribers to port the numbers from Vodacom to MTN.
Bear in mind that changing your number from Vodacom to MTN is completely free and the process is also a simple and straightforward one.
It is prudent to note that you changing your Vodacom number to MTN takes up to 48 hours and after that period, you will be using your Vodacom number but on MTN services.
Can I Keep My Old Number From My Other Telco And Still Port To MTN?
One thing that prevents people from porting their numbers to MTN is that they feel they cannot keep their old numbers. However, this is not a big deal since you can keep your number from another telco whiles you use MTN services.
People will like to keep their numbers because they might not want to lose the contacts and possibly the messages stored on these numbers.
How To Port From Cell C to MTN
In the event that you are a subscriber on Cell C who is overly dissatisfied with the services on Cell C and want to have a feel of the service on MTN, you can do so easily.
You can actually achieve this by porting your number from Cell C to MTN and keeping your old phone number.
The procedure is as simple as the following steps, and the first thing you will need to do is to get an MTN starter pack.
After getting the MTN starter pack kit, the next thing you will need to do is to register it with RICA. Things that you will need to complete the RICA process are your identity card as well as your proof of residency.
Before inserting your new MTN number, you will need to carry out some actions on your old Cell C number and this includes sending an SMS, ‘PORTME#(add the 10-digit MTN number on the on the new starter pack’ to 083 767 8287.
After sending the message, you will receive another SMS on your old number telling you to hold while your request is being processed.
All that you have to do now is to wait and then insert the new MTN SIM card into your phone. After inserting it into your phone, choose ‘New Number’ to activate your new SIM.
How To Port From Vodacom to MTN
As a Vodacom subscriber who has made up his or her mind to ditch Vodacom because you are dissatisfied with Vodacom’s services and want to try MTN’s services, you can do so easily.
This can be accomplished by porting your number from Vodacom to MTN while maintaining your phone number.
The procedure is as simple as the steps below, with the first step being to obtain an MTN starter pack.
The next step after receiving the MTN starter pack kit is to register it with RICA. To complete the RICA process, you will need your identity card as well as proof of residency.
Before you can insert your new MTN number, you must first perform some actions on your old Cell C number, such as sending an SMS to 083 767 8287 with the text ‘PORTME#(add the 10-digit MTN number on the new starter pack)’.
Following the transmission of the message, you will receive another SMS on your old number informing you that your request is being processed.
All you have to do now is wait before inserting the new MTN SIM card into your phone and selecting ‘New Number’ to activate your new SIM.
Can I Port A Telkom Number to MTN?
Telkom South Africa is not exempted from porting to MTN. As a matter of fact, a Telkom subscriber can literally port their Telkom number to MTN.
How To Port To MTN Beta Talk
Porting to MTN Beta talk is not an overly gargantuan process and it can be accomplished in some simple steps.
If you want to port to MTN Beta Talk, simply dial *123*2*1#. Another way to the port to MTN Beta Talk is to text BT to 131.
Porting to MTN Beta Talk is not easy because you will have to wait for the process to complete before you can do so because you are on a new tariff. Typically, the process takes thirty (30) days.
How Much Does It Cost To Port to MTN?
Porting from other Telecommunication networks to MTN is absolutely free. A mobile phone user does need a single rand to be able to port to MTN.