Current Events October 18, 2021
Mobile Number Portability (MNP) launched on September 30 in the Philippines, and it now gives users more flexibility with their mobile life.
We’ve written about why MNP is a big deal recently, but if you missed it, here’s a quick refresher.
MNP lets you keep your existing 11-digit mobile number, even if you decide to switch to a new mobile service provider or change from prepaid to a postpaid plan or vice versa.
This is great for a variety of reasons, and not just because you won’t have to memorize a new mobile number.
Before, you would have to let your contacts know that you changed to a new mobile number when you switched to a postpaid plan or a new SIM.
Thanks to MNP, changing your plan or even your network will no longer be a hassle.
Imagine if you changed your mobile number just to switch to a new network.
What’s worse is for business cards, you must either write over each card, or have a new batch printed.
With MNP you won’t have to worry about any of these things if you want to switch up your mobile network or plan.
This is great news, especially now that 5G connectivity is rolling out and not all networks have a wide 5G network.
If you live in an area that now has Smart 5G connectivity, you can easily switch over to Smart to enjoy the country’s fastest 5G network, all while keeping your mobile number.
The following subscribers of different networks can switch over to Smart without changing their mobile number:
Meanwhile, Smart Prepaid/TNT users can change to Smart Postpaid or vice versa while keeping their numbers.
If you’re interested in switching to Smart, here are the requirements you need to meet:
Now that you have the requirements, you’ll need to get your Unique Subscriber Code (USC) which is only valid for 15 days.
You can get your USC by following these simple steps:
Once you have your USC, fill up this application form with your details, including your USC.
You’ll also need to show a copy of a government-issued ID, as well as proof of ownership of your existing mobile number.
To transfer to a Smart Postpaid plan, you’ll also need the Standard Postpaid Application Requirements, as well as your last Postpaid Statement of Account, if moving from a postpaid plan from another network.
For existing Smart Prepaid, TNT, and Sun subscribers, switching over to a Postpaid plan while keeping an existing mobile number can be done by booking an appointment at a Smart Store. Here are the requirements that need to be presented:
This can also be done by Smart Postpaid subscribers that want to transfer to Smart Prepaid or TNT.
For more info on Smart MNP, click here.