Mobile service providers want more time to register SIM cards

January 7, 2010

Vietnam’s three largest mobile phone networks plan to ask for more time to allow subscribers to re-register their SIM cards, as many now have more than are allowed by new regulations, local media said.

Under a decision by the Ministry of Information and Communications last year, prepaid subscribers are not allowed to register more than three SIM cards under one operator. They were required to register their SIM cards by providing their name, date of birth, and ID card or passport details by December 31, 2009.

Service to any SIM card registered to a name attributed to more than three SIM cards from the same provider is to be cut accordingly under the ministry decision. Service to unregistered SIMs will also be cut.

National telecom giant VinaPhone said some one million SIM cards under its network were registered with the same information already used by at least other three SIM cards, according to newswire VnExpress.

MobiFone and military-run Viettel reported similar numbers.

All three companies told VnExpress they planed to delay the cutting of mis-registered SIMs when they report their related data by the ministry’s January 10 deadline.

Source: Thanh Nien

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