PRRD signs law making mobile numbers ‘portable’
By Azer Parrocha February 19, 2019, 5:35 pm
MANILA -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed a law that will allow mobile users to keep their numbers even after they change service providers or subscription plans.
Duterte signed the Mobile Number Portability Act (Republic Act. 11202) on Feb. 8 but was released to media on Tuesday (Feb. 19).
Under the law, all qualified subscribers should be provided with Mobile Number Portability (MNP) completely free of charge and information on MNPs including its features.
“The basic premise behind a nationwide Mobile Number Portability system is to promote consumer welfare as it fosters the freedom to choose and to respond to quality, price, and other relevant considerations without the consumers having to change their mobile numbers whenever they change mobile service providers or subscription plans,” the law read.
It is also meant to encourage mobile service providers to compete with each other to provide consumers with the best overall value that they can offer.
This way, it would encourage technological innovation that will stimulate even greater demand for telecommunications products and services and lead to a virtuous cycle of economic growth.
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