Wireless number portability begins today

    OTTAWA and GATINEAU, March 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Beginning today, consumers
in most of Canada will be able to keep the same telephone number when changing
cellphone service providers. This follows a decision issued in 2005 by the
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) requiring
Canadian cellphone service providers to implement wireless number portability
(WNP) by March 14, 2007. Earlier in 2005, the Government of Canada had
requested that the Commission move expeditiously to implement WNP.
    "The arrival of WNP in the Canadian market provides users of
telecommunications services with greater convenience and flexibility," said
Richard French, Vice-Chairman, Telecommunications, of the CRTC. "The
Commission would like to acknowledge the industry's commitment of time and
effort to successfully meet the March 14 implementation date."
    Consumers who live in areas where local number portability is currently
available will now be able to transfer their phone numbers between cellphone
service providers, as well as between wireline and cellphone service
    The CRTC reminds consumers that handsets may not function on another
cellphone carrier's network due to different network technologies.
Furthermore, bundles and service offerings vary between service providers. It
is also important that consumers who wish to change providers before the end
of their service contract verify the terms and conditions, as they may be
subject to early termination fees.

    The CRTC

    The CRTC is an independent, public authority that regulates and
supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.

    Reference documents:

    Telecom Decision CRTC 2005-72
    Telecom Public Notice CRTC 2005-14
    Fact sheet (Wireless Number Portability)

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