Iam sure its hard to memorize all the 10-Digit mobile phone numbers of your friends which is the reason some of you would be maintaining some mini pocket dairies, digital diaries or some cool mobile phones like iphone where you can save huge amount of contact information, but guess what the government thinks that the 10-Digit mobile phone slots would be full by the next year and there would be a need for 11 Digits numbers soon.
Currently there is a 375.74 million subscribers base in India which includes all GSM, CDMA & WLL subscribers and to reach the maximum limit of 450 million it wont take more than a years time which is the reason its required for the Department of Telecom to get ready for 11 digit numbering system. The subscribers are being added at around 10 million numbers every month and the DOT’s numbering plan which was made in 2003 seems to be out of calculations with the huge growth of telecom industry in the current decade.
There are chances that ‘9’ would be added in the prefix of all the mobile phone numbers once this is implemented. Though i feel there are some ways to come out of this situation making the consumer happy which is by making all the deleted, cancelled numbers available which is atleast 20% of the total base and increasing every month and also the telecom authority should automatically redirect or prefix ‘9’ in the numbers whenever dialed making the 11 digit system a backend change and no problem for the consumers to edit all their contacts.