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Limit on number of simcards per person

Update: March, 19/2012 - 10:24

HA NOI — The Ministry of Information and Communications will regulate each person to register a maximum of 18 simcards from mobile network operators.

According to the draft of a circular on managing pre-paid mobile phone subscribers, if one person wants to have more than three simcards, he/she must register with another mobile phone network operator. So, one person would register a maximum of 18 simcards from six mobile network operators.

The six operators are Viettel, VinaPhone, MobiFone, S-Fone, Vietnamobile and Beeline.

The development is considered a tough measure to closely manage pre-paid mobile phone subscribers.

However, Nguyen Dinh Chien, deputy general director of MobiFone, the third largest mobile network operator, said mobile simcards were used in many devices such as USBs of 3G generation, notebook computers and mobile phones. Therefore, the State should increase the maximum numbers of simcards owned by each person to five units.

Nguyen Viet Dung, deputy general director of Viettel Telecom, agreed and said the demand was surely more than three simcards for each person.

So, the Telecom Department said if a person demanded more than three simcards, he/she must register with other mobile network operators to meet the demand. Each person can own a maximum number of 18 simcards because there are six mobile network operators providing services on the domestic market.

The draft of the circular will permit one enterprise to register a maximum of 100 simcards. The regulation is expected to restrict enterprises from registering too many simcards to sell on the market.

At present, there is a service provided by individuals that a normal subscriber can change to be a student subscriber even if they are not students to get cheaper mobile phone service charges.

The situation was due to loose State management, experts said.

A VinaPhone representative said the situation was likely at a few agencies and some individuals had taken advantage of the policy, thereby making it difficult to access databases to change subscribers. — VNS

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