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Migration Code

Discussion in 'Internet, Connectivity and Communications' started by Mr.Cheeks, Jun 23, 2006.

  1. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    Whats the score with this migration code or am i the only person that have not used this?

    I changed provider 3 times now (adsl) and never requested a MAC code, but i am always hearing that people have to request this? Why? and whats so special about it?
     
  2. zxspectrum

    zxspectrum Gigabyte Poster Premium Member

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    As far as i know it it a code you give to yout new provider to say that your current isp has given you the all clear etc and everything is hunky dory . I personally think its twoddle and you should be able to switch providers like you do with your mobile phone.Unlock the phone and put a new sim in ?
     
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  3. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    If you don't use a MAC then the effect is of a 'cease' and 'provide', and can take days if your are not lucky.

    Getting a MAC from the losing provider and handing it to the gaining should ensure a downtime of minutes.

    Note that the MAC system is relatively recent - when ASDSL first started it wasn't part of the system.

    The purpose of the MAC system is to counteract 'slamming'. This is where an unscrupulous provider could transfer a whole lot of accounts from other providers to itself without the owners being aware, or agreeing.

    Harry.
     
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  4. Jakamoko
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    Jakamoko On the move again ...

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    Migration Authorisation Code - pretty much what Harry says. Don't think it's quite as bad now, but some ISPs (such as the one I used to work for) could be downright arsey about providing it to you. However, you should note that it is illegal for them not to provide a MAC if you request one.

    HTH a little :)
     
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  5. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    That is good to hear Gav. I have two potential customers wanting to ditch their current ISP.
     
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  6. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Not quite true as I understand it.

    There are a few ISPs that havn't signed up, so are not obliged to offer MACs.

    Ofcom are , I believe, leaning on them.

    Harry.
     
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  7. Jakamoko
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    Harry, thanks - I omitted to mention that the MAC scheme is opt-in for the ISPs, so my comments above apply only if an ISP has opted in. If not, then you're out of luck.


    Ofcom ? From experience, a toothless hound.
     
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  8. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    so how would you find out if they have opt-in? its it just by asking?
     

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