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11/03/2003 Archived Entry: "You can have my cell phone number when you pry it from my cold, dead hands."
Posted by CKL @ 03:35 PM PST

Just in time for the holidays:

Beginning Nov. 24, cell phone customers will be able to keep their old phone number when signing up with a new carrier... "Local number portability" is expected to lead to unprecedented churn, new marketing campaigns by carriers and possibly a new round of consolidation.

-- CNET News.com

Let's hear it for small victories! I personally think there are larger and more unavoidable annoyances associated with mobile phones-- e.g., when you upgrade to a newer, cooler phone, how do you carry over all your stored numbers and other data?-- but this is a step in the right direction.

The best possible thing would be for more consumer choice to produce smarter consumers.

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