AT&T Wireless Wants People To Switch Land Lines To Mobile

A trade group representing AT&T Wireless and a few other carriers is now pushing to get the FCC to make it possible to switch your land line phone number to your mobile phone. This is interesting, because the wireless carriers have been fighting tooth and nail against wireless number portability that would force them to let people take their mobile phone numbers with them when they switched between wireless carriers. They’re afraid that (1) it’s too costly to set up a system to allow that and (2) it only means that customers will leave them. That second point is amusing because it shows how bad all the mobile phone companies know their service is. None of them are confident that people will switch to them. Just worried that people will switch away from them. However, as a sort of “fair play” move, it seems they now want to make their wireline competitors feel some of the heat also.

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