Mobile number-porting time to be reduced to 'a few hours'
At the moment, the Bitterwallet comments section is alive with giddy talk of cancelling mobile contracts with Orange, with phone users keen to sign up to new deals with alternative providers.
As a result, the PAC code is hot, hot stuff. For the unenlightened, the PAC is a code that you current mobile provider must give you so that your number can be transferred to your new provider. A few years ago, the process of getting your PAC and using your favoured number on your new phone would take about five days.
Then Ofcom flexed their powerful regulatory muscle and got the heel-dragging mobile providers to slash the waiting time down to just two days. Now, it looks like it’s going to get even better – by 2011, it should take just a couple of hours.
Ofcom are purring like proud little pussycats over this one and say that it’ll make Britain the fastest number-porters in Europe. Of course, this will all happen about two years into the future, so there’s no guarantee that other countries won’t be doing it faster by then, but hey, let's allow them their moment of glory, eh?
Ofcom – you wouldn’t invite them to a party, would you?