What is MNP ? . In simple terms, it will allow you to change your service provider and yet keep the same mobile number provided :
You are in the same location ( Telecom's call it circle)
You are a postpaid user
This is hardly significant since postpaid user's are usually loyal to a service provider unless they are not relocating. Number Portability is really helpfull if the numbers are portable across states and locations but this is not the case. Since the first few digits of a mobile number are set to indicate which circle it belongs to. .........So the paranoia about MNP is quite unwarranted.
And there are the androids, iphones and blackberries but symbian is still the most dominant OS on mobile phones today. Symbian and Nokia is still clueless about how to handle the licensing issues around their platform. It turned from commercial to free and now they are shutting down the nice looking site free symbian goodies saying Nokia is reworking licensing of the Symbian platform and the free stuff will be available through an alternative open and direct channel.
Nokia is definately not being open and direct about this one.
Here is what symbian.org says
Nokia commits to make the Symbian platform available under an alternative open model
AMSTERDAM, SYMBIAN EXCHANGE & EXPOSITION (SEE), NOVEMBER 8, 2010 – Following a strategy review, the board of the Symbian Foundation has today decided to transition the role of the non-profit organisation. The foundation will become a legal entity responsible for licensing software and other intellectual property, such as the Symbian trademark. Nokia has committed to make the future development of the Symbian platform available to the ecosystem via an alternative direct and open model.
“The founding board members took a bold strategic step in setting up the foundation, which was absolutely the right decision at the time,” says Tim Holbrow, executive director, Symbian Foundation. “There has since been a seismic change in the mobile market but also more generally in the economy, which has led to a change in focus for some of our funding board members. The result of this is that the current governance structure for the Symbian platform – the foundation - is no longer appropriate.
“However, the platform enjoys strong support from some of the largest and most innovative device creators in the world. And we continue to see solid momentum behind the platform, with 25 percent of all Symbian-based devices shipping in the last 12 months.*