The Federal Communications Commission is requiring that beginning Nov. 24 cellular companies offer customers the option of taking their phone numbers with them when they switch carriers. Here’s an article summarizing the status of the FCC guidelines and the games that have delayed implementation of this requirement for years.

The cell phone carriers hate this concept – they have a huge amount of churn in their customer base already and they’re afraid this will make it worse. Watch for frantic lawsuits seeking to delay the effective date. It’s also easy to guess that the carriers will extend contract periods for new accounts and increase penalties for early cancellation. Sign up carefully!

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