The Mobile Number Portability Act would be in-effect starting 30th September
According to the three major telcos in the country: Globe, PLDT and DITO Telecom, there has been an estimated 1 million subscribers interested for the porting services that would be in-effect this end of September.
The three major telcos have set up a joint venture called Telecommunications Connectivity Inc. (TCI) in preparation for the Mobile Number Portability. The three telcos have invested about Php 120 million for this venture. TCI has also expected this many subscribers switching, and possibly even more in the future.
“Initially, we’re projecting a million. But in other countries we see about 30% of the subscribers porting out, so we will prepare for it,” TCI general manager Melanie Manuel said at a virtual press briefing on Thursday.
The Mobile Number Portability Act was signed and approved in 2019 that lets consumers change carriers while also keeping their mobile number free of charge. The act also ensures that subscribers would remain satisfied should the MNP Act take effect.
However, before they switch to other networks, subscribers must make sure they don’t have any balances yet to pay to their current network. There’s also a 2 month cooldown before switching again to prevent misuse and abuse of this system.