Interconnection fees for domestic calls, texts removed under new law

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Posted at Feb 21 2019 02:50 AM

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MANILA - Consumers would no longer be charged by telco operators for texting and calling rival networks, a senator said Wednesday, following the signing of a measure letting users keep their mobile numbers for life.

Under Republic Act (RA) 11202 or Mobile Number Portability Act, no interconnection fee would be imposed on users for making domestic calls and text messages, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said. 

He added that mobile users would also not have to pay in case they switch service providers or change subscription plans.

"Sinigurado sa batas na wala ng gastos," Gatchalian told "Bandila sa DZMM."

The senator also allayed fears that the new measure could lead to exploitation of subscribers' personal data.

Telco providers, he said, must strictly adhere to the provisions of the RA 10173 or Data Privacy Act of 2012.

"Very strict 'yung batas na dapat compliant 'yung mga networks sa Data Privacy Act," Gatchalian said.

The Mobile Number Portability Act, signed on February 8, "fosters the freedom to choose and to respond to quality, price, and other relevant considerations."

The law imposes a fine of up to P1 million and revocation of a telecommunications firm's franchise to operate for the fifth and subsequent instances if the mobile number portability is "unjustly refused even after mediation." Subscribers are also entitled to damages of up to P40,000.