What does portability mean?

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  1. The quality of being portable.
  2. (computing) The ability of a program (or software system) to execute properly on multiple hardware platforms.
  3. The ability of an employee to move between different social security schemes without losing their contributions.
  4. The ability of a telephone subscriber to keep his/her number when switching to a different network.
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The money and resources expended on ensuring portability of old-fangled phone numbers will be diverted from other projects.
When portability is essential, the SVP conveyor belt vulcanizer meets the needs of a variety of job requirements.
That's still a big premium to pay for portability and extra battery life when you can get much more powerful laptops for much less.
There may often be a trade-off between portability and ownership, and so users may have to decide which is more important.
Aside from the risks, equity-linked annuities suffer from the lack of portability that all annuities, as insurance products, possess.
How this makes Social Security less workable or efficient is difficult for me to understand since Social Security is the ultimate in portability.

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