Smart Communications and TNT deploy SIM registration booths to SM Supermalls across the country to assist subscribers in registering their SIMs and complying with the SIM Card Registration Act.
As of January 30, Smart booths and touch points offering assisted SIM Registration services for prepaid and postpaid subscribers have been deployed in 36 SM malls from Cauayan, Isabela in North Luzon, all the way to General Santos, South Cotabato in Mindanao.
Eight more SM establishments will host Smart and TNT-assisted SIM Registration booths in the next few days, bringing to 44 the total count of covered SM Supermalls.
According to Republic Act (RA) 11934 or the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Registration Act, all SIM users have until the deadline on April 26, 2023, to register their SIMs under their name. The SIM Registration Act regulates the use of SIM cards to help curb the proliferation of text scams and other mobile phone-aided criminal activities.
Smart and TNT were the first to set up assisted SIM Registration booths across the country, on the same day as the SIM Registration portal was launched on December 27, 2022. The telco has registered about 14 million Smart and TNT customers to date.
Smart and TNT have also deployed assisted SIM Registration booths in 15 far-flung municipalities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao since last week. The deployments have been done in close collaboration with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT), the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the LGUs, the inter-agency committee on remote areas registration, and other public telecommunications entities.
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PLDT and Smart’s support for SIM Registration underscores the PLDT group’s longstanding consumer protection initiatives, which include blocking SIMs that send ‘smishing’ messages and Uniform Resource Locators (URL) or links that lead to illegal activities, to help safeguard the public against emerging cyber threats, vulnerabilities, and other online criminal activities.