13 Digit Mobile Number Change in India from July 2018: Fact Check


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Picture: 13 Digit Mobile Number Change in India from July 2018
13 Digit Mobile Number Change in India from July 2018

Story:

From July 2018 you will have 13 Digit Mobile Number. All 10-digit existing mobile number will be changed to 13-digit number max by October 2018.

Picture: 13 Digit Mobile Number Change in India from July 2018
13 Digit Mobile Number Change in India from July 2018

Fact Check:

Several stories and certain media reports warn Indians of 13 Digit Mobile Number change starting from July 2018. It is said that all existing 10-digit mobile numbers will be changed to 13-digit numbers by October 2018. Nonetheless, the claims about 13 Digit Mobile Number Change are not true.

Picture of M2M SIM Cards
M2M SIM Cards

Actual Change

In early 2018 the Department of Telecommunications (DoT, India) issued a directive to Telecom Service Providers to implement 13-digit numbering scheme for M2M (machine-to-machine) communication. Notably, M2M services relate to Internet-enabled electronic devices that communicate through a SIM card. For instance, they include swipe machines, cars, electricity meters and latest refrigerators. Essentially, it is a part of direct communication among electronic devices. As a matter of fact, the 13-digit numbers for SIM-based machine-to-machine (M2M) services will co-exist with 10-digit numbers. Shown below is a related letter that also circulated online.

Picture of Related DoT Letter in Circulation
Related DoT Letter in Circulation

Not 13 Digit Mobile Number Change

In effect of the DoT (Department of Telecommunication) order, certain media outlets misinterpreted the change for machine to machine or M2M numbers. There were rumors about your mobile number having 13 digits (from 10 digits currently) from 1 July 2018. That is, the government of India shall change the numbers of the mobile phone users in India. However, the reports are not true, the change will not affect your mobile numbers. So, relax, there is no 13-digit mobile number plan coming up for you, you will continue to have your 10-digit numbers.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax.

References:

India to implement 13-digit mobile number system, but not for end users
No, your mobile number will not have 13 digits


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