Four years ago the U.S. implemented wireless number portability, on March 14 Canada will finally do the same. Wireless number portability (WNP) will allow Canadians to keep their existing phone number when changing wireless carriers, but it will also allow Canadian consumers to move their landline phone number to a wireless number and vice versa. In December 2005 the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) decreed that Telus, Rogers Wireless and Bell Mobility had to make WNP available by next week in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. All carriers must have WNP available no later than September 12 of this year, according to the CRTC.
For more on WNP in Canada:
- see this article from Digital Home