Share Your Mobile Number Porting Experiences


Mobile number portability has been here for a little while now, and I know a few individuals who have ported or attempted porting. None of them have had a trouble-free experience. Jesse, whose porting from Airtel to Etisalat took eight days of going back and forth, has a few things to say. Besides the porting delay, till date (over two weeks later), he is still unable to receive SMS, as he states in this tweet:

Already, there are allegations of unethical practices on the part of the networks, and Jesse doesn’t find those far-fetched:

Gbenga Sesan is another early porter, and weeks after initiating the process, he still faces issues:

He also says:

One can only hope that these issues get resolved. Precedence suggests otherwise. Almost nothing gets fixed around here. Subscribers have been complaining of epileptic voice, SMS and internet services for years, and those are still here with us today. One finds it difficult to see how the issues with mobile number portability will go away anytime soon.

I haven’t attempted to port a number yet. There are enough things in Nigeria that are giving me a headache than to willfully add to that by attempting to port a line. No, thank you, kind sirs.

Still, it would be good to hear from more users who have attempted porting. What have your experiences been like? Do share!

Mister Mobility
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  1. eye_bee_kay

    No experience to share on this porting

    It has not.occurred to PORT because is necessarily.better than the other- over time.

    Whereas it makes serious CENTS for SAKA to PORT over to the Yellow side, it doesn't for the majority of people.

    You port over, and'discover you just jumped inferno into another conflagration.

    what difference?

    would rather maintain multiple SIMs - via.multiple.phones, or.multi SIM_capable_ phones.

  2. Port? Abeg I havebeta things to do.with my time than to add more problem(s) to the ones already on the ground. MNP is certainly not one of them. I'm beta off maintaining multiple sims.

  3. Emmaachile

    I ported under 48 hours from mtn to airtel and my line now is clear without the former noise I struggle to hear when I get a call.
    The experience i notice is that mtn callers calling the new ported airtel line are still charged at mtn rate and airtel/other callers calling the same line are charged at airtel rates.
    I also notice that I get airtel and mtn messages on the line.
    It looks like the best of both world for me and mnp is worth it.

  4. Ayodele A

    Port from where to where? Abegi! They are all from the same womb; NCC. I'd rather stick to my dual sim phone than to compound my already many daily struggles with life in Naija.

  5. Deen

    I ported from Glo to Etisalat over a week ago. It took about twenty minutes to complete and I haven't had any issues since.

    However, after I completed the porting, the sales girl told me she ported for someone the day before and the guy ended up not being able to receive calls. If I had known that could happen, I probably wouldn't have gone ahead with the porting.

  6. Notiki Bello

    I ported away from Airtel to Etisalat November 2014. It was smooth. I haven't had any issues with my line 'til date. Only problem is I don't get the bonuses Saka and Sound Sultan promise I'd get for porting to the network. I recharge frequently, too.


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