Mobile Number Portability
Mobile Number Portability -
Change your Mobile Phone Company, Not Your Number! (Part
By Angus Leung
15th September , 2001
Have you always wanted to change to a better
mobile phone company, but shivered at the thought of having to tell all
your contacts about your change of number? Well, the Federal Government of
Australia has promised to solve this by promising that Mobile Number
Portability, or MNP. It is due to arrive on 25th September, 2001. We examine
how this affects the Australian mobile phone user...
What is MNP?
does MNP stand for?
will MNP be available?
mandatory date set for MNP is 25 September 2001.
is the term used by the telecommunications industry to describe the
process of moving a mobile number from one Carriage Service Provider to
another Carriage Service Provider.
will porting occur?
- Friday 8am - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 6pm
long will the porting process take?
simple port is expected to take up to one day from the time the port
request is initiated.
Mobile Number Portability simply means the
ability to take your mobile number with you when you change mobile phone
In other words a customer can move or port their
mobile number from one mobile phone company to another mobile phone company on a
different network and keep the same number.
What does MNP mean to the Australian mobile
For a start, once you change mobile phone
companies you will not have to change numbers. This eliminates the hassle
of having to tell all your friends about your number change. It also
eliminates the chances of being issued a mobile number that used to belong to
someone else and having to answer his / her annoying phone calls.
MNP should also result in lower prices and
improved mobile phone service, since it is intended to increase competition in
the telecommunications market.
However, a negative of MNP is that you can no
longer tell which mobile phone company incoming calls are from just by looking
at their numbers. This could significantly increase the cost of calling
others if you are a keen user of freetime services of service providers, where
it is much cheaper to talk to people using the same service provider as
you. Soon we shall probably hear the first line of any caller being,
"What mobile phone company do you use?".
Another issue is that many Australian users
currently are still tied to long term mobile phone contracts with mobile phone
companies. This would mean that the increase in people changing mobile
phone companies would not increase suddenly after 25th September this
year. Rather, the increase will be gradual as people come off their
existing contracts. This would also mean that prices will not come down
quickly. Also, in the run-in to the September deadline, expect to see
mobile phone companies step up their efforts to secure long term contracts
from potential customers.
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