TELECOMMUNICATIONS Connectivity, Inc. (TCI) announced on Thursday that the mobile number portability service is now available to customers.

This means that customers can now keep their mobile numbers as they transfer from one mobile service provider to another.

“We wish to announce to the Filipino people that as of today, Sept. 30, the core services of mobile number portability are now ready,” TCI General Manager Melanie A. Manuel said in a statement.

“We do expect to experience some inconveniences as we start offering the service, but we are confident that with the continued cooperation and hard work of our three partner telcos, we can say that finally, forever is here,” she added.

TCI is the company put up by the country’s dominant mobile network operators to facilitate mobile number portability.

To port within networks, customers should be able to meet the following requirements: an active SIM and the requestor is the assignee of the mobile number to be ported, no remaining balance from previous bill (for postpaid), no existing court prohibitions, and no pending transfer of ownership.

Ms. Manuel said at a recent media briefing that Smart Communications, Inc., Globe Telecom, Inc., and DITO Telecommunity Corp. had invested P120 million in the project.

The telcos selected the Florida-based Syniverse to be the mobile number portability service provider. — Arjay L. Balinbin