Cell phone number portability is kind of dumb. I don’t think it’s that hard to give people a new phone number when you switch carriers. I hear people complain about long term contracts all the time, but I’ve never heard any of my friends complain about not being able to keep their phone numbers when they switch providers. But whatever, it’s a law now.
I think the phone companies are being pretty lame about the whole thing. It might be more work for them initially, sure. Their main concern seems to be that a lot of their customers will leave them and jump to a different carrier. Well, so what? You’re one of those carriers, right? You’ll get some of your competitors’ customers, and they’ll get some of yours. In the end it’ll be a wash, and everybody will be right back where they started.