Starting July 2, mobile phone service providers will start complying with the Mobile Number Portability Act, a law which allows consumers to retain their phone numbers when switching to another service provider or switching from postpaid to prepaid.
It represents an easy way for subscribers to choose the best telco services and plans for them without having to go through all the potential hassles of having a new number – a hurdle that may have sometimes prevented subscribers from switching plans or networks even if they wanted to.
Service providers, such as Globe and Smart, will have 6 months starting July 2 to set up their systems and processes in order to facilitate mobile number portability for their respective customers.
What this means is that within 6 months, customers will be able to expect easy mobile number portability and that processes have been smoothened out by the mobile service providers to accommodate porting requests.
To qualify for mobile number portability, below are the requirements, according to a Memorandum Circular by the National Telecommunications Commission:
If a subscriber meets all these requirements, they can apply for porting. Here are the key steps: