Updated  
March, 08 2014 08:36:58

MobiFone to recall 200,000 idle SIM cards

SIM cards of Mobifone, Viettel and Vinaphone are displayed for sale at a shop in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Thai Ha

HA NOI  (VNS) — Viet Nam's oldest mobile network operator, MobiFone, will recall nearly 200,000 SIM cards that were issued and allocated to dealers, but were  not activated for the past two years.

MobiFone noted that the recalled cards will also include SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) cards that have been activated, but have not generated any outgoing calls and messages.

MobiFone is a subsidiary of the State-run Viet Nam Post and Telecommunication Group (VNPT).

The move, which is part of MobiFone's effort to palliate a numbers crunch, follows a master plan issued by the Ministry of Information and Communication to make the competitive mobile phone market healthier.

MobiFone claimed that the recall announcement has already been forwarded to its nationwide dealer network.

Last year, Vinaphone, another VNPT's mobile arm, had also recalled 100,000 SIM cards for the same reason.

According to VNPT, of its 75.5 million nationwide mobile phone subscribers, only 46 million generate outgoing calls and messages.

Furthermore, services to as many as 5.5 million subscribers have been locked by service providers due to unpaid telecom bills.

All these SIM cards will also be recalled later.

New mobile subscriptions in Viet Nam have skyrocketed in recent years, reaching 19 million in 2006, 25 million in 2007, 74 million in 2008, 98 million in 2009, and 134 million by the end of 2013.

The country currently has five mobile network operators: Vinaphone, MobiFone, Viettel, Vietnamobile, and Gtel. — VNS

Send Us Your Comments:
Name:
Your E-mail address:
Title:
 

VietNamNews may edit your comments and not all emails will be published.

Highlight

Authorities step in to save old trees 1    Authorities step in to save old trees

The Ha Noi People's Committee has asked Ha Noi Urban Railway Management Unit to try to avoid chopping down many old trees to make way for a future metro line.

Young travellers rescue bus accident victims Young travellers rescue bus accident victims

A group of 16 young Vietnamese motorbikers were first on the scene at last Monday's tragic bus accident on its way from the resort town of Sa Pa, which killed 13 of the 50 passengers on a sleeper bus.

Capital's new urban areas still without safe tap water Capital's new urban areas still without safe tap water

People living in apartment buildings of the capital's new urban areas are expressing concern over poor-quality tap water.

Minister acts on highway peril Minister acts on highway peril

The Ministry of Transport has urged Lao Cai People's Committee to co-ordinate the completion of the highway linking Noi Bai airport with Lao Cai and the resort town of Sa Pa.

VN film triumphs at Venice festival 1    VN film triumphs at Venice festival

A film by Vietnamese female director Nguyen Hoang Diep beat seven other foreign debut features to win the Best Film prize at the 2014 Venice International Film Festival's International Critics' Week.