Law on Portable, Permanent Mobile Number Signed

Ciara Alarcon
This is what we’ve been waiting for! Telco companies may soon allow consumers to keep their mobile numbers even if they jump to another service provider, or they shift to another subscription plans.

Law on Portable, Permanent Mobile Number Signed Into Law
Law on Portable, Permanent Mobile Number Signed

President Duterte has signed the Republic Act 11202, which is also known as the Mobile Number Portability Act. The law enables qualified subscribers to keep their mobile numbers as it “fosters the freedom to choose and to respond to quality, price, and other relevant considerations.”

With this, consumers can now keep their mobile numbers when they move to another telco network. The law also allows them to change their subscription plan from postpaid to prepaid or vice versa.

Keeping your old mobile number will also be free of charge, while the “porting process” should not take more than 48 hours. Good news, isn't it?

On the other hand, there will be a fine up to Php1 million, and revocation of its franchise to operate for the fifth and subsequent instances if the mobile number portability is “unjustly refused even after mediation.” The law permits National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to give up to Php40,000 per subscriber for damages as well.

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Meanwhile, NTC, Department of Information and Communications Technology, National Privacy Commission, Philippine Competition, and other concerned agencies will finalize the law’s implementing rules and regulations.

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Source: CNN Philippines, ABS-CBN

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