Reminder: Mobile Number Portability is officially going to be out on Sept. 30!

This means, you can keep your phone number even if you’re switching from different telcos!

Friendly reminder that the Mobile Number Portability Act will be live and in-effect starting 30th September in the Philippines! This will ensure that, when users switch telcos, they can keep their phone number. Following this announcement a few months ago, major telecoms in the Philippines like Globe, PLDT and DITO have been working together to make this possible. In fact, initial tests have been conducted in preparation for MNP.

The joint effort will soon allow customers the option to keep their mobile numbers permanently, even when they change network providers or switch subscriptions,” they said.

The initial testing proved to be a success and they said that the MNP would be ready on or before 30th September. “After the initial tests yielded positive results, the next steps will be to streamline the external porting process, implement fraud and security safeguards, optimize systems and backend business operations in time for a smoother and faster porting experience for customers by September 30, 2021.” they added.

The Mobile Number Portability Act was signed into law as the Republic Act No. 11202. This new MNP would allow not just making users’ phone number permanent but also provide a number of other benefits:

  • Domestic and International (roaming) activities would be available across telcos. Because this is new, there may be some limitations especially during voice over calls. This could be remedied in the future, when the MNP matures.
  • Full Data Services would be available. In addition to keeping the phone number, users can subscribe to different data packs offered by all telcos, this also includes promos.
  • Top-ups and reloading will be available across physical retailers. Third party retailers online need to adjust so they can support the unified top-ups.
  • Postpaid subscriptions to third-party apps are dependent on the area of availability.

Sources: BusinessWorld, GizGuide