You Can Now Find Forever With Your Mobile Numbers
New guidelines allow you to keep your number even if you switch telco providers!
(SPOT.ph) There's nothing quite as frustrating as having to change your phone number. Admittedly, updating your directory is a mild inconvenience at worst, but there's always a better way to do things. The National Telecommunications Commission is giving us one such solution by allowing us to keep our mobile numbers even after switching service providers—with a deadline for rollout set on September 30, 2021.
The commission officially released guidelines on RA 11202, or the Mobile Number Portability Act in June 2019, according to a report by CNN Philippines. Rollout was originally scheduled for the first quarter of 2021 but was pushed back due to the pandemic.
Memorandum Circular No. 03062019, issued by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), focuses on implementing guidelines for the first agenda of RA 11202—a permanent mobile number. Users can apply for a permanent number at no cost, as long they have settled all obligations with their existing service provider. Their current number should have also been active for at least 60 days before applying.
Users will be given a unique nine-digit code to be submitted with their application. The entire process should only take two days to be done, states the guidelines. Also, interconnection fees have been slashed off for all domestic calls and texts.
Telecommunications companies will be given 120 days after the circulation has taken effect to choose a mobile number portability service provider. This provider will be in charge of regulating and executing mobile number routing for all telco providers, and will also be funded by the same companies.
Two major players of the industry, Globe Telecom and Smart Communications were assigned routing numbers by the NTC. Space for future possible companies has also been made with designated numbers set aside for them.
UPDATE (January 28, 2021): The article has been updated following an announcement by the NTC on the new September deadline.