Less than 32% of SIMs registered as deadline looms in 28 days

All unregistered SIM cards by the end of the registration period will be deactivated.
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With barely 28 days left before the deadline for SIM registration, less than 32 percent of all SIMs have registered so far.

The report comes as the April 26 deadline for SIM registration approaches. The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) said that the total registered SIMs as of March 28 is only 53,524,728, which is just 31.68 percent of the total 168,977,773 SIMs nationwide.

For those who have not yet registered, take note that all unregistered SIM cards by the end of the registration period will be deactivated, which will render them unusable for voice calls, text messaging, and other mobile data services. Among other consequences, here’s a rundown of what happens if you fail to register your SIM card.

The SIM Registration law or RA 11934 mandates all SIM card users, both existing and new, to register their SIM cards with their respective telecommunications providers by April 26, 2023. The law aims to prevent the misuse of SIM cards for illegal activities such as fraud, identity theft, cybercrime, and terrorism. According to the NTC, text scam complaints have already declined by 93.3 percent since the measure took effect.

“As we approach the April 26 deadline for SIM registration, we urge all unregistered citizens to register their SIMs as soon as possible to avoid the inconvenience of deactivation. At the same time, we caution the public to remain vigilant against entities that may take advantage of the deadline to scam people by offering assistance with SIM registration. Your safety and security are our top priorities, and we will continue to work with PTEs to ensure that all SIMs are registered and verified,” said DICT Undersecretary and Spokesperson Anna Mae Y. Lamentillo.

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SIM owners are reminded to be cautious and vigilant when registering their SIMs and to only use the official website links of the telcos.

For details on how to register your SIM cards, go here. For concerns regarding SIM registration, you may call DICT’s 24/7 complaint center hotline by dialing 1326.

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Bryan is a tech enthusiast and self-admitted geek who enjoys writing about tech and watching clips on YouTube. He has over 20 years of experience in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations from different industries such as telecommunications and banking.

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