Number Portability....Not what it seems...
So, really the most phones that should even think of transferring are GSM.....but I haven't even mentioned the cancellation fees or the fact that you have to make sure that the phone is compatibility with the phone carrier, we were just briefed on this, so hah...Oh, yea the official date is Nov. 24
Today I had a chance to compare three phones. I had a Nextel, Cingular and AT&T phone. The iDEM did not get any better reception than the GSM phone, yet the TDMA got full strength in an enclosed area. Some day I'll get to compare a CDMA to a TDMA phone. I find that my desk is the best place to compare phone reception at.
Coverage and technology it has a lot to do with who you want to switch to. LNP does not stand on an island all alone. VZW stands to gain more customers than AT&T does when LNP finally hits, and that is mainly due to their claims of ...
And being compatible is a BIG thing.. if any from attws, cingular, or T-mobile was coming to either Sprint or Verizon they would have to get a new phone. and the vice versa
People with low-end phones probably got their current phone for free and will also get their new phone for free - they couldn't care less.
People with higher-end phones will probably see it as an opportunity to get a newer, better phone anyway.
If you're willing to switch phones, there is no "barrier" at all. Anyone will be able to switch from a TDMA to a GSM carrier, or CDMA GSM, or whatever.
The compatibility barrier you talked about is just shameless FUD in the part of your employer. Don't buy it, and please stop spreading it.
With that said, you did bring up the...
Rich Brome said:
With that said, you did bring up the very valid point of cancellation fees. November 24th won't magically release people from their contracts. I think a lot of people don't realize they will still need to wait for their contract to expire before they can switch without penalty. That is a good point.
I can't wait to see how many people credit get F'kd up becuase they forget that or just change without paying their final bill. :^D