Portability unleashed!

The coming freedom to keep your cell-phone number when changing wireless companies has overshadowed a possibly more revolutionary change also due this fall: the power to move a number from a regular wired phone to a mobile handset.

While traditional local phone companies see the government-mandated change as an unfair invitation for wireless rivals to steal their core customers, they say they’ll be ready by a Nov. 24 deadline to fulfill certain requests by customers who want a home or office number to become a cell-phone number.

The new rules also require that cellular companies be prepared to transfer a mobile number to a landline phone, though such requests are expected to be somewhat scarce at a time when millions of people have gone all-wireless at home and at work. [Wired News]

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