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Duterte signs law allowing users to keep their mobile numbers forever

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The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, has signed the law whereas mobile numbers could be retained even if the users switch service providers.

Under the Republic Act 11202, better known as the Mobile Portability Act, it states that it is, “An act requiring mobile service providers to provide nationwide mobile number portability to subscribers”.

That means that telecommunication service providers such as Globe or PLDT/Smart should allow their customers to keep their numbers free of charge, even when they decide to switch service providers or change their subscription plans.

Should the companies “unjustly refuse”, as the law imposes, they will be fined up to Php1 million, plus the revocation of their franchise to operate for the fifth, and subsequent instances such an issue arises.

The National Telecommunications Commission was also given permission by the law to grant up to Php40,000 per subscriber damage done.

Meanwhile, the so-called “Porting Process”—where a number is moved between carriers and/or subscription plans—should not take more than 48 hours to complete, according to the law.

PLDT commented their support of the newly approved constitution saying, “We will support a law that mandates it. There are technical issues to implementation. So (the) government and industry must work together to sort these out.”

Do you think this Republic Act is a step forward towards the country’s technological aspect? What can you say about the approved bill? You can share them in the comments below.

source: ABS-CBN News

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