Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Eleven Digits for Malaysian Mobiles

As Malaysia's mobile technology is going to implement the Mobile Number Portability (MNP), mobile users will get to change to whichever mobile service provider whenever they want and yet, get to keep their same mobile number.

According to the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, the new numbering and electronic addressing shall be available to the public at a fee to be decided by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

Now for the best part, you will get a new number for this process. Currently, all mobile phone numbers are in seven digits. Upon this new implementation, your new mobile number will an additional digit.

Subject to you subscribing for the MNP, you will be assigned with another three new digits. Whether they will add that four digits before or after your current number, it has not been mentioned yet.

I don't think it's a problem to all mobile users. Those days without the mobile technology, I could remember a number of my friends' house telephone numbers. Nowadays, I can't recall almost all of my friends' numbers, be it house or mobile. Thanks to the technology of phone memory. My excuse - it frees my brain in storing those complicated phone numbers and brain could be put to better use for other issues (some friends who will read this will surely say - you mean you have a brain?).
All this will happen by end of the year after many months (or years?) of delays. Delays due to ??? Let's see which mobile telco will win this service provider war with the MNP in place.

Reading: Mobile numbers to be in 11 digits - The Edge Daily
Related post - Mobile Number Portability (MNP)

Tags: Mobile Technology, Mobile Number Portability, MNP, Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, MCMC

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7 Comments:

Blogger Ted said...

Yes there was once a time when i remembered all my friend's house telephone numbers...its just a very distant memory now. I even cant remember my family member's handphone numbers actually..

19 August, 2008 15:06  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

i think i have that same issue also hehe

19 August, 2008 16:10  
Blogger Blowfly said...

thanks for this news update.

i hope i dun struggle to remember my own number.

took me 1 year to get it in my brain but i still sometimes give out the wrong number

20 August, 2008 00:28  
Anonymous cc said...

I still can remember a few friends' and families' numbers now, but as they add on more digits, that will soon be gone.

20 August, 2008 03:16  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

blowfly - hmmmm never thot whether i cld remember mine as well

cc - i wonder who could

20 August, 2008 10:15  
Blogger Jasonmumbles said...

Who will win the service provider war after MNP goes nationwide?

Hehe. A brief observation at Lowyat forum showed many had or have the intention of porting over to Digi for its unbeatable call rates and handsome rewards.

Digi, always a smarter choice. :D

And yeah, I am joining Digi soon too!

01 October, 2008 00:54  
Blogger Johnny Ong said...

jason - there cld be a catch. digi's reception is certainly not that good as compared to the other 2 telcos.

01 October, 2008 01:01  

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