This New House Bill Lets You Keep Your Mobile Number Permanently

The House of Representatives passed the Mobile Number Portability Act on September 10.

(SPOT.ph) Although it's always nice to get a new phone, it's a hassle to have to use a new mobile phone number. Reaching out to all your contacts and informing them of your updated contact details is time-consuming and always takes a lot of effort. This may be a thing of the past soon, though, as the House of Representatives passed House Bill No. 7652, also known as the Mobile Number Portability Act, on September 10 with 216 affirmative votes and zero negative votes. The bill seeks to allow phone users to retain their mobile phone numbers permanently even if they switch service providers or change their mobile plan from prepaid to postpaid (and vice-versa).

Under this bill, all public telecommunications entities would be required to provide their users with mobile number portability for free, as long as the user has registered their name and mobile number with their original service provider, and has no existing liability or outstanding debts with their mopbile company. Public telecommunications entities who do not comply with this may be charged fines ranging from P100,000 to P1 million, along with the risk of their franchise being revoked.

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Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian wrote the Senate version of the bill (Senate Bill No. 1636), which was approved in the Senate during its third and final reading in February 2018.

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