Philippines operator Globe Telecom said it would begin implementing mobile number portability (MNP) for its subscribers starting April 21.
The mobile number portability capability, or the ability to retain mobile numbers when changing subscriptions, will initially cover postpaid to prepaid, prepaid to postpaid, and prepaid to prepaid movements within its Globe and TM brands, the telco said in a statement.
Issa Guevarra-Cabreira, Globe's chief commercial officer claimed that enabling its customers with the freedom to move across subscription types while allowing them to retain their original mobile number creates a new level of experience.
The statement said this would be available only to subscribers “not under a subscription lock-in period, have no financial obligations or overdue payments to settle.”
Subscribers can avail themselves of the number portability option using their GlobeOne account or by visiting a Globe store.
The announcement was in line with provisions of Republic Act No. 11202 or the Mobile Number Portability Act.
To do the same for other network providers, the MNP’s full implementation date initially slated for January 2021 was moved to September 30, 2021, due to technical delays in testing and governance as a result of the pandemic.
The country's 3 telcos, Globe, PLDT Inc, and DITO Telecommunity, have all signed a deal to build a clearinghouse to implement the measure.