As of yesterday, you are no longer restricted to the service provider that your cell phone’s prefix belongs to. Number portability is here and you may continue to use that same number you’ve had for years with any service provider. There is an interesting FAQ about number portability over at Djuice.PK Mobile Phone Blog. Worth a read.
I think the biggest company to suffer from this move would be Mobilink, the current giant when it comes to the number of subscribers. Though they have the largest customer base, their services probably can’t compare to those from newer providers such as Warid.
A large number of people will probably continue with their current connections since more than the service, it depends largely on what your friends and people in your address book are using. But once a large enough number of these people have moved, we are likely to start seeing even more people switching service providers.
This development has brought up a number of questions in my mind. Such as how will you know what service a person is using? Will there still be an incentive for those using the same service? What will be the default number prefix for service providers? And will we start seeing entirely new number sequences that don’t belong to a particular provider?
Whatever the case, things are starting to look bright for the consumer. I hope this competition also hastens the arrival of new mobile technologies, such as 3G.