Looks like we’ll finally be able to keep our phone numbers for ourselves. Based from the IRR of NTC: 1. Number porting will be a physical process— in a sense written forms, submissions of IDs and a clearance from original network from any financial obligations will be needed. 2. No number porting within 60 days of activation. 3. Porting process should only take 48 hours max after submission of documents. 4. Change from prepaid to postpaid service should only take 24 hours. 5. SMS one time PINs are required. 6. Completely free of charge and no more interconnect fees. I find this is great for us consumers, especially those who are stuck with a network because changing their number would be a nightmare. I myself I’m interested in switching to Smart because they just upped Globe’s plan with their new Signature plans. Notable difference on the porting process VS the one from US is that it seems very secure from “phone number thieves”, as it requires both physical and on-device verification. While it seems to be a big red tape thing, phone number theft in the US is a real thing because porting there is purely remote and only requires a PIN (which is usually the last 4 of their SSN). This makes SMS a secure method for two-factor authentication over using it in the US. I’m really glad our lawmakers took an initiative on this. Just in time for iPhone XI!