[Updated: September 2014]
BSNL has launched a new dedicated site and mobile app for “Choose Your Number Online” feature. Earlier, it was available on a different site [see our coverage below, which we did in 2011]. The new site located at http://cymn.bsnl.co.in/ allows users to browser by states in each of the 4 Indian zones including North Zone, East Zone, West Zone and South Zone.
BSNL has improved the choose your number web app drastically. Now users can not only choose the number they want but also choose better numbers that are available called fancy numbers for a price.
How to Book you number of “BSNL Choose your number”
- Visit http://cymn.bsnl.co.in/
- Choose you state
- You will get a table showing numbers.
- You chan choose filter and say “starts from” or “contains” and find the number you want
- Once you have chose the number, Click on “Reserve Number”
- It will ask for your existing number. Enter that, so BSNL will send you a pin.
- Once you get the PIN, you will need to go to nearest BSNL customer care center and show the Pin and your mobile number.
- Complete all the formalities and submit documents
- Upon document verification the number will be granted to you.
BSNL’s Andhra Pradesh telecom circle has announced the release of ‘Choose your mobile number’ scheme for prospective GSM customers, by choice.
Under this new scheme, customers can now select any one mobile number of his choice from the available list of about 1 lakh numbers that is already available on its website: www.ap.bsnl.co.in. On selecting the desired available number, the customer will be notified a 7-digit PIN number, valid for 4 days only.
Later, the customer has to feed in the PIN number received on SMS back into the website, confirming his acceptance and selection of the new connection number, to be received by nearest customer service center or franchisee on submission of requisite documents.
In a first of its type selection option given to the customer, it’s certainly an innovative feature launched by the state-owned telecom firm Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited. However, this provokes me to think as to what is the significance of the mobile number in this age, given that once we feed it on our handset – there is virtually no need to memorise it.
In a nutshell, ‘choose your mobile number’ scheme is innovative, but could be ineffective.