Unregistered SIMs could face service restrictions as the Philippines’ SIM registration reaches 93 million

Unregistered SIMs could lose access to outgoing calls and value-added services.

SIM registration has now reached over 93 million since the deadline was extended for another 90 days or until July 25, 2023.

According to the latest tally from the National Telecommunications Commission, there are 93,092,462 registered SIM cards, or 55.41 percent of the total 168,977,773 subscribers nationwide, as of April 28, 2023. Of the number, Smart registered 66.27 percent or 43,940,875 SIMs, Globe has 49.51 percent or 42,951,294 SIMs, and DITO has 41.43 percent or 6,200,293 SIMs.

For unregistered SIMs during the 90-day extension period, the DICT said that it is reviewing measures to encourage them to register. The agency will implement one or a combination of the following: barring access to value-added services, disallowing outgoing calls, and/or the extension of the reactivation period for deactivated SIMs.

Unregistered SIMs after the deadline will be deactivated. They won’t be unable to make voice calls, send text messages, or use other mobile data services. It will also affect all digital services that rely on a SIM card, such as e-wallets like GCash and Maya, social media accounts, and banking accounts. Here’s a rundown of what happens if you fail to register your SIM card.

Register your SIMs through these official links:

For information about the SIM Registration Act, you can read about it here. For details on how to register your SIM cards, you can read our post here. 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.

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