Wireless Carriers Argue Against Number Portability
from the kicking-and-screaming dept
It appears that the wireless carriers are going to be dragged, kicking and screaming all the way, towards number portability. Yesterday (over on Techdirt Wireless – Techdirt’s news blog focused only on wireless news), we were talking about how the wireless carriers were demanding that wireline carriers be held to the same rules, allowing landline number to be transferred over to wireless plans. At the same time, they’re still trying to stop number portability from happening at all in the wireless space. The arguments they make are bordering on ridiculous. They say it offers no consumer benefit and that the wireless industry is “competitive enough”. However, if you talk to just about any mobile phone user (myself included) they would point out that being able to switch providers without losing your number is a huge benefit – and would also incent the carriers to finally start improving their service levels. How could more choice not be an overall “benefit” for consumers? It’s interesting that Verizon seems to be leading the charge against number portability, since studies have shown they stand to gain the most once it’s implemented.