MANILA - A bicameral conference has approved a proposed law granting consumers the option of availing a permanent mobile phone number, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian said Tuesday.
If the bill is signed into law, consumers who want to switch to the country's potential third telco firm would no longer need to change their cellphone number, said Gatchalian, chair of the Senate contingent.
"Kung ang third telco ay nagbaba ng presyo, nagbigay ng mas magandang service, hindi na tayong mahihirapang lumipat," he told reporters.
(If the third telco offers a lower price and better service, we would no longer find it difficult to change our mobile service provider.)
"Ngayon kasi kung marami kang cellphone numbers, isang malaking problema kung lilipat ka ay kakailanganin mo i-text ang lahat na papalitan mo na ang cellphone number mo. With this law, hindi mo na kailangan gawin yun," he added.
(With the current set-up, if you have several cellphone numbers, a big problem if you switch your telco provider is that you would need to inform all your contacts that you would be changing your cellphone number. With this law, you won't need to do so anymore.)
The consortium of Davao businessman Dennis Uy and China Telecom last week won provisional rights to establish a third telco after 2 rivals failed to meet bidding requirements.
Under the bill, mobile phone users shall register their lifetime number with the telecommunication company of their choice.
The measure may be signed into law by the President before the year ends and could be implemented “in 6 months,” said Gatchalian.
It will also curb criminal activities that are coursed through mobile phone messages and calls exchanges, he said.
With a report from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News