Finally, after years of consideration and public consultation, the CRTC has issued a decision that requires all Canadian wireless providers to have implemented the technology to support number portability by March 2007 (by releasing their numbers), and to support that technology by September 2007 (by accepting the newly released numbers).
I know I can say that it’s only the lack of number portability that’s kept me from switching wireless providers. While “new-sign-up” deals are sweet, they require I abandon my current number, and I’m just not willing to do that every two years. Through 5 years and 4 addresses, my wireless number has been the only thing that’s stayed constant for people to contact me. I also happen to like the number, and the fact that it’s a 604 instead of a 778 area code. I don’t know why… I just do.
Now I’m curious to see what kind of retention deals the mobile companies will put in place. At this point, all I get when I renew my contract is a few dollars off a new phone. Perhaps now that they can’t hold my number hostage they’ll work a bit harder to keep my business.