Smart Communications announces that it will soon launch its SIM registration portal to facilitate an easy and convenient way for its subscribers to register their SIM cards.
“We are proud to have been able to contribute to the crafting of the [SIM Registration Law’s Implementing Rules and Regulations] IRR, which also aims to be all-inclusive as Public Telecommunication Entities (PTEs) shall also provide additional means to assist persons with disabilities, senior citizens, pregnant women, and/or persons with special needs in registering their respective SIMs — a provision that was added even as it was not mentioned specifically in the law,” said Atty. Roy Ibay, VP and Head of Regulatory of Smart Communications
“We are ready to roll out our SIM Registration processes after months of preparations, which have included, among others, studying best global practices and technology solutions from other countries that have already implemented SIM registration. We will release more information about the SIM registration portal via our official channels in the next few weeks,” said Francis E. Flores, SVP and Head of Consumer Business Group – Individual at Smart.
Last October, the SIM Card Registration Act was signed law. Under the bill, public telecommunications entities (PTE) or authorized sellers are required to have their customers present a valid ID with a photo and register before they can purchase a SIM card. All SIM cards are required to register, even those issued and purchased before the bill’s approval.
Alongside their support for SIM registration, Smart and parent company PLDT have long-standing consumer protection initiatives that include measures aimed at curbing mobile phone-aided criminal activities such as text scams.
In addition to blocking SIMs that send ‘smishing’ messages, Smart has also blocked Uniform Resource Locators (URL) linked to these illegal activities. In 2021, PLDT and Smart invested nearly ₱3 billion in cybersecurity infrastructure to help safeguard the public against emerging cyberthreats, vulnerabilities, and other online criminal activities.