Senate approves “Lifetime Cellphone Number” bill

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  • Senate has passed on the third and final reading the bill that would allow subscribers to keep their number for a lifetime
  • The bill will give consumers the ability to retain their numbers even if they changed telcos or subscription plans
  • It also includes an amendment that removes “interconnectivity fees” between telcos

MANILA, Philippines – Now, it is possible for anyone to keep their most-loved cellphone number even if they change service provider or subscription plan; this will be made possible with the passing of “The Lifetime Cellphone Number Act.”

“The Lifetime Cellphone Number Act,” or Senate Bill No. 163, is authored by Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs. It passed the third and final reading at the Senate on Monday.

According to Gatchalian, the bill will provide subscribers with “mobile number portability” (MNP) or the ability to retain one’s number even if you move from one telco to another, or changed subscription from postpaid to prepaid.

“The bill would give consumers the freedom to choose the provider that would give the best value for their money without having to lose or change their mobile numbers,” said Gatchalian in a statement.

This will also address the common complaints by consumers wherein they are forced to stick with their current service provider and pay for bad service just to keep their numbers.

“The bill would free them from such shackles and allow them to transfer to the telecommunications entity that offers the best customer service, network coverage and quality of service,” the lawmaker added.

It also includes an amendment by Senator Panfilo ‘Ping’ Lacson which removes “interconnectivity” fees service providers are charging their subscribers for calls made and messages sent across different networks.

The bill passed the Senate with 20 affirmative votes and zero negative votes.