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:
Mobile Number Portability update – I still can’t receive text messages. The pain of porting is far more than what I imagined.
— J (@JesseOguns) May 19, 2013
Already, there are allegations of unethical practices on the part of the networks, and Jesse doesn’t find those far-fetched:
The alleged Scandal may explain why it took me 8 days to port – When Mobile Number Portability Goes Sour|bit.ly/12nYzec
— J (@JesseOguns) May 12, 2013
Gbenga Sesan is another early porter, and weeks after initiating the process, he still faces issues:
Yet to get successful porting SMS but just made successful call with new network’s SIM. 17 days after first request. Still can’t make calls.
— ‘Gbenga Sesan (@gbengasesan) May 14, 2013
He also says:
@gbengasesan to me, it is the lack of commitment of NCC to enforce MNP as it is now obvious that telcos are not honouring porting requests
— Chukwuyere Izuogu (@NairaSolicitor) May 14, 2013
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!
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.