Millions of Americans can now switch cell phone providers and keep their current number.
The new cell phone rules will also allow consumers to transfer their home phone number to a cell phone. The change was applied to larger markets on Monday, but Lubbock cell phone users will have to wait a little longer.
"Actually I think this is a good thing for Lubbock and the surrounding area because it gives us six months to kind of work through the system to make sure it's all working properly," said Kurt Kiser, of Sprint PCS. "Because anytime you do something this big and this major it's going to take us a long to time to make sure we work out all the kinks."
Lubbock cell phone users will be able to take advantage of the new rules on May 24th, 2004.