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    • Reverse number portability: two faced IMDA director defends telcos profit margins.

      Whole load of bullsh!t ¢rap from IMDA director: just read for yourself and see that the director is just folding her arms and saying: "IMDA would let mobile service providers offer this service option commercially, in response to market demand.": she is basically in cahoots w money faced telcos and cannot see the prejudice of the one way street offered by the telcos (+/- their biased, one sided surveys)...

      I do hope that the same silly IMDA director will reply to the latest forum letter by Ong See Fong... might not make any difference though considering that these sock puppet civil servants might be looking forward toward a cushy, overpaid directors post some day in our listed telcos I guess...

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      Allow customers to keep mobile number when converting to pre-paid plan
      PUBLISHED. SEP 21, 2016, 6:31 PM SGT

      While mobile subscribers are able to retain their phone numbers when they convert from a pre-paid plan to a post-paid plan, they cannot do so when converting the other way.

      I hope the Infocomm Development Authority will work with the telcos here to enable this mobile number portability.

      Lim Tong Wah
      http://www.straitstimes.com/forum/le...-pre-paid-plan
      Director says:
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      Low demand for post-paid to pre-paid number porting
      PUBLISHED. OCT 7, 2016, 4:04 PM SGT
      The Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) requires mobile service providers to offer post-paid to post-paid number porting and pre-paid to pre-paid number porting between service providers ("Allow customers to keep mobile number when converting to pre-paid plan" by Mr Lim Tong Wah; Forum Online, Sept 21).

      This requirement has been in place since 1997 and 2008 respectively. It allows consumers to switch service providers with greater ease, as well as facilitate competition.

      IMDA notes that the current demand for post-paid to pre-paid number porting (and vice versa) is low.

      Hence, if IMDA requires that mobile service providers implement post-paid to pre-paid number porting when the demand is low, the cost of implementation may be passed on to consumers, leading to higher charges.

      Thus, IMDA would let mobile service providers offer this service option commercially, in response to market demand.

      Ann Chan (Ms)
      Director
      Regulatory and Corporate Communications
      Communications Division
      Infocomm Media Development Authority
      http://www.straitstimes.com/forum/le...number-porting
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      Number porting: Is it low demand if option is unavailable?
      PUBLISHED NOV 22, 2016, 5:50 PM SGT

      Besides the concerns raised by Dr Gil Simon Schneider ("2G network shutdown will be costly for users of basic phones"; Nov 14), there is another practice by telcos which is not favourable to the weaker segment of society.

      This is the portability of mobile phone numbers from post-paid to pre-paid plans.

      Currently, telcos allow number portability only when there is an "upgrade" of services, such as from pre-paid to post-paid, but not for a "downgrade".


      Ms Ann Chan of the then Media Development Authority has said that telcos are not required to implement post-paid to pre-paid porting, as the demand is low and the cost of implementation may be passed on to consumers, leading to higher charges ("Low demand for post-paid to pre-paid number porting"; Forum Online, Oct 7).

      However, I wonder if demand really is low, given that consumers are not offered that option at all.

      I understand that some administrative costs will be incurred, but most consumers would not mind paying a small fee for such portability.

      With uncertain economic conditions and ageing populations, subscribers have to prioritise their spending, including phone use.

      The infrastructure to port numbers is already there. Consumers should be offered the option to port numbers from post-paid to pre-paid.

      Ong See Fong
      http://www.straitstimes.com/forum/le...is-unavailable
      Even if MDA wants to protect telcos profit margin/ bottom line and does not want people who trade in hp 'golden' numbers to exploit cheaper pre-paid card number maintenance options (in order to hog multiple hp numbers for a low maintainence charge), MDA should permit every Singaporean to transfer at least one phone number from postpaid to prepaid if the person has been using the postpaid number for at least 2yrs (full contract) and does not own any other prepaid hp line (I.e. for retirees/ those who do not need the expensive postpaid packages but still want to be contactable to old friends @home/abroad). No more than one such conversion per year per person may be allowed. In any case, current laws do not allow individuals to register for anything more than 3 prepaid hp numbers.

      MDA should focus on helping poor people to keep in contact with their relatives/ friends and not focus on helping telcos profit @ citizen's expense.
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