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A person may use up to 25 prepaid SIM cards

Updated: 16:44’ - 27/11/2015
A mobile subscriber would likely be allowed to register up to five prepaid SIM cards with each local service provider, instead of three under the current regulation.

This is highlighted in the draft circular designed by the Ministry of Information and Communications to revise Circular No. 04 dated April 13, 2012, on management of prepaid mobile phone subscribers.

Each prepaid subscriber might use up to 25 SIM cards__Photo: Internet

Hence, with five providers currently operating in the domestic telecommunications market, including Viettel, VinaPhone, MobiFone, Vietnamobile and Gtel, each prepaid subscriber might use up to 25 SIM cards.

Mobile service providers, who proposed the revision, explain that nowadays, in addition to cell phones, a person often owns several other SIM card-requiring devices such as tablets, vehicle routers, 3G USB and smart electric appliances, and therefore, may need more than three SIM cards.    

However, telecom experts warn that allowing service users to own more SIM cards will benefit service providers only, adding that it will probably be a waste of resources as each subscriber just needs one or two SIM cards. It is not to mention spam massages which might flourish if the proposal is approved.
Under the draft, within 72 hours after making subscriber’s registration as required, if a subscriber fails to make a phone call or send a text message to the service provider to activate the service, the registered information would be canceled. After that time limit, if wishing to use the service, the subscriber would carry out procedures like a new one.- (VLLF)

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