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ALSO CALLED: LNP, Mobile Number Portability, Local Number Portability, Wireless Number Portability, WLNP, Number Portability, MNP, Wireless LNP, Telephone Number Portability
DEFINITION: Wireless number portability is the ability of a mobile customer to retain the same phone number when they switch carriers; wireline-to-wireless number portability allows customers to switch from their landline telephone service to a wireless provider while retaining the same telephone number. The lack of number portability between wireless providers kept many consumers from changing services because  … 
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WIRELESS LOCAL NUMBER PORTABILITY DEFINITION (continued): …  of the inconvenience of changing their phone number on business cards and other documents, and informing all their contacts of the new number. In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandated that all wireless carriers implement number portability by November 24, 2003.As a consequence of the new capability, mobile customers may switch carriers more often, thus increasing competition among wireless service providers, just as Local Number Portability (LNP) did among wireline telephone companies when it was put into effect in the late-1990s. According to a Forrester Research … 
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