Canada: Number portability
The CRTC (Canada Radio and Telecommunications Commission) just announced the timeline for the number portability in Canada. This will happen by March 14, 2007, in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Québec. It's important to note however that they will have until September 12, 2007 to accept these numbers from other providers. This means that people switching from a cell phone provider to another will be able to keep their phone number.
Number portability is one of the top things customers have been asking for a long while now, since losing their phone number when switching carrier is a big problem and it's how providers keep a lot of people locked in. The same battle occured in the US, and they now have number portability, so we knew it was coming to Canada. Now we have a date.