Don’t forget, if you have a pre-paid SIM, you must register the number as soon as possible or you will lose some services. The deadline is 31st July 2015. If you haven’t registered after that date you will only be able to receive incoming calls. You won’t be able to make calls or surf the internet. To be clear, only the people who top-up their mobile services at places like 7-Eleven need to register their SIM. If you are post paid and receive a bill at the end of every month you don’t need to do anything.
What are the benefits of registering phone numbers? From now onwards, if you have any outstanding money when you cancel a number, you will be able to retrieve this. But, the main benefit is for the government and police. They believe it will help reduce hoax calls, crime-related calls and phone scam gangs. They also believe it will help prevent mobile phones being used to set off car bombs.
How to find out if your SIM is registered? Press *151# and call out.
Where to register your SIM card? You can register at district offices nationwide, local administrative offices providing registration services, and your mobile network service center such as AIS, TrueMoveH, and TOT. You can also register at the more than 50,000 service points nationwide displaying the “2 shots” symbol. You need to bring with you your ID card, passport or alien registration documents.
What if you cannot go in person? If you are unwell or just don’t have time to go yourself, you can nominate someone else for you. Though, this will prove difficult to do if you are abroad. You will need to prepare the following documents and then ask your friend to take them to the service center of your mobile provider.
- A letter nominating a representative
- Original ID card or passport
- Original ID card or passport of your representative
- Your mobile phone and SIM card.