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Wireless Number Portability Countdown

News | 03/01/2007 5:00 am EST

This month marks the start of wireless number portability (WNP) in Canada. Come March 14, mobile users should be able to switch carriers without losing their numbers. It’s a big deal: our lack of WNP has long been described as a kind of false security system for service providers. It keeps customers, loath to change phone numbers, from leaving their existing carriers and signing deals with new ones. The common theory suggests that WNP will rid Bell Mobility, Telus Corp. and Rogers Wireless Inc. of this unwarranted advantage. But freedom is only as good as WNP service performance. And even now, so close to WNP’s supposed start-date, there are no guarantees that the system will work.

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