This is the good news all handphone users in Malaysia have been waiting for.
According to news reports, Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor confirmed that, from today (friday), you can switch network service providers (mobile phone company) and still maintain your original phone number, including the prefix number (012, 016, 019, 017, 013, 014 etc).
For instance, if your handphone number is 012 235763 (originally registered with Maxis), you can use exactly the same number if you switch to Digi, without changing your number to 016 / 014.
However, effective today, only prepaid mobile phone numbers in the Klang Valley can do this. Post-paid users will be able to do this in two weeks’ time.
For handphone users in other states in Malaysia, they will be able to do this only in October.
This will give you the choice and freedom to choose your service provider without the inconvenience of having to change your number
Service providers can charge up to RM25 each time your change your mobile phone service provider.
Your can find out more on the Mobile Number Portability (MNP) at the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission website at http://www.skmm.gov.my/ and at service providers' websites.
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