Airtel says portability within 24 hours not possible due to regulatory requirements

Airtel is educating its customers via social media citing the porting can’t be done in 24 hours and not only that Airtel is also offering free incoming to customers for 4-7 days as well once they generate the porting code.

Airtel has tweeted about this from their official handle yesterday. It seems to be a customer centric approach. As Airtel claims that the numbers can be ported within a span of 24 hours, but now due to regulatory requirement, it will take minimum 4 to 7 days for porting a number from one circle/service provider to another.


For porting, a subscriber needs to generate UPC code by sending an SMS ‘PORT to 1900. After which, the subscriber is expected to walk-in to the nearest Airtel store in the visiting state and fill a subscriber enrollment form. Documents like Photo ID, Address proof, one passport sized photo, Porting form and Form 60/Pan card too need to be presented along with the form for porting. It will take 4 to 7 days, excluding Sundays and National Holidays for porting to occur, which means it is more than a week for the process to complete.

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Indrajit Pothal
November 5, 2017 7:36 pm 7:36 PM

For porting my number Its been 9 days since i have given the document to switch to airtel network how many days should you more need need answer & replys

September 20, 2016 4:08 pm 4:08 PM

I yesterday port my Airtel sim to jio but the Airtel sim not stopped what can I do now

July 19, 2015 12:04 pm 12:04 PM

I migrated from Vodafone prepaid to Airtel postpaid using number portability. I gave documents on 8 th And on 16 th I lost Vodafone signal n got Airtel signal. For activation I am dialling 59059, but getting call failed message. Customer care told to check in store, store people told to wait, it is 72 hours that I don’t have incoming or out going calls. Wat to do now?

October 16, 2017 3:40 pm 3:40 PM

Nothing you can do

August 22, 2016 7:09 pm 7:09 PM

Joining airtel is yr biggest mistake