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What is Mobile Number Portability?
Mobile number portability, or MNP, enables mobile telephone users to retain their mobile telephone numbers when changing from one mobile network carrier to another. As a global practice enables you to keep your number even when you switch networks or change your subscription from postpaid to prepaid and vice versa, and that is free of charge. It started in the UK last November 2007 by UK Telecom.
Now, here in the Philippines, It was finally signed into a law last February 8, 2019. Part of the condition was that no interconnection fees should be charged for domestic calls and texts.
The NTC released the implementing rules and regulations last June 17, 2019 which took effect on July 2. The compliance period given to mobile service providers is within 6 months from July 2 and that’s in early 2020.
As of December 26, 2019, Dito Telecommunity together with other telecommunications companies Globe and PLDT/SMART has obtained a mobile number portability service provider (MNPSP), Syniverse Technologies, in coordination with the NTC.
The role is to set up a support mechanism between these carriers and Syniverse estimates that interoperability and implementation will take no less than 18 months after the mechanism is set up.
Why is there a need for mobile number portability?
When implemented, MNP can help promote consumer needs. No need for you to change your mobile numbers whenever you change mobile service providers or subscription plans. This will help you to have the freedom to choose which telco you want to use.
There will be now charges every time you request for porting. As stated in the law, porting will be free of charge.
When this will be implemented, porting request should have lapsed 60 days as stated in the law from your last porting before making another request. This is how frequent you can request to port your number.
Mobile number porting - there will be a complicated process of porting, telcos will initially be able to transfer numbers from within telco network when they start porting. There are basic requirements that you need to meet before you will be able to port your number.
To learn more, please visit Mobile Number Portability Law [Republic Act No. 11202]
Note: I will going update this soon once the mobile number portability will be implemented and starting porting mobile numbers for more info's.