Contributed by: Don WinnerCell phone number portability will start functioning as of 30 November 2011, according to Edwin Castillo, National Director of Telecommunications of the Authority of Public Services (ASEP). Castillo explained that although the change of operator will be free initially, it is necessary for cell phone users to be prudent in the use of this benefit, because otherwise it could create a cost. According to the official, the user can "change" as often as they want for free, without restrictions, provided they are not comfortable with the phone operator that provides the service. Number portability is an important tool for the development of competition and a considerable investment has been made in this issue so that we Panamanians have this benefit, but with order, said Castillo. (Panama America)
Editor's Comment: So, as of Wednesday you can change from one cell phone carrier to another, and take your cell phone number with you. This has never been available here in Panama before. I've had the same cell phone number for eleven years and now, if I want to, I can change from Movistar to a different carrier (there are about four or five now) and I can take my old number with me. Good news. Let me know how it works out, on the ground, in the real world once someone tries to do this.