Less than 37% of SIMs registered so far as April 26 deadline approaches

The DICT has no plans of extending the deadline.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) reports that 62,170,268 SIMs or 36.79 percent of the total 168,977,773 subscribers are registered nationwide. The agency acknowledges that the current figures are far from the target, with numerous SIMs remaining unregistered.

The latest report from the country’s three major telcos shows that the number of registered SIMs as of April 7, 2023, are as follows: SMART with 31,110,508, Globe with 26,348,304, and DITO with 4,711,456.

According to the DICT, the deadline for SIM registration remains on April 26, 2023, with no plans of extending it. Strict implementation will be in effect, as the agency warns of deactivation for unregistered SIMs.

Among other consequences, SIM deactivation will render them unusable for voice calls, text messaging, and other mobile data services. 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, the measure has proven effective as text scam complaints declined by as much as 93.3 percent.

The DICT also reminds the public to register only through the official links of the telcos and to remain vigilant against scammers who might offer assistance with SIM registration to steal personal information and commit fraud.

Check out our SIM Registration process comparison between Smart and Globe to give you an idea of what the telcos are doing to boost registrants.

For details on how to register your SIM cards, you can read our post here. For concerns regarding SIM registration, you may call DICT’s 24/7 complaint center hotline by dialing 1326. Or you may reach DICT through these contact numbers:

  • SMART: 0947 714 7105
  • GLOBE: 0966 976 5971
  • DITO: 0991 481 4225

“While the progress in SIM card registration has been encouraging, we must not lose momentum. As we celebrate Easter Sunday, we urge all unregistered citizens to take this opportunity to register their SIMs. With only 17 days left before the deadline, it is crucial to take immediate action to prevent the inconvenience of deactivation. Together, let us strive for a more connected and secure Philippines,” said DICT Secretary Ivan John Uy.


Bryan is a geek at heart and a tech enthusiast by choice. He has a strong background in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations having worked in the telecommunications and banking sectors for over two decades. In his spare time, he enjoys watching clips on YouTube and binge watching shows on Netflix.

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