Several Filipino customers have already begun attempting to register their own Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards as the SIM Card Registration Act went into effect on Tuesday.
An Unang Balita article by James Agustin states that after registering their SIM cards with a certain telecoms company, several residents of Caloocan received a reference number, one-time pin, and confirmation SMS message.
In the meantime, some have yet to receive word from the telecoms that they can register their SIM cards before the 180-day registration deadline closes.
Several people have voiced optimism that the SIM registration’s accompanying implementing rules and regulations (IRR), which go into effect on December 27th, will contribute to eliminating text frauds.
Name, birth date, gender, and mailing address are only few of the personal details that users are required to provide in the registration forms. They must also show a photo ID provided by the government.
According to the National Telecommunications Commission, around 180 million SIM cards are in use throughout the country at this time (NTC).
New SIM cards will be rendered inoperable on Tuesday, forcing subscribers to follow the telecoms’ procedures for registering and activating their SIMs.
SIM card registration begins
To protect its citizens from phishing attacks, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has issued a warning against phony registration links.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) heeded the advice of a separate Unang Balita report. It urged the public to register their SIM cards exclusively with the official websites of reputable telecom providers.
They were also cautioned against blindly clicking links without verifying whether they led to the correct registration pages.
If customers have questions or issues with their SIM registration, they can contact the DICT helpline at 1326.
On Tuesday, a number of telecom companies announced that they were prepared for the SIM Card Registration Act to take effect.
To register their SIM cards for free, PLDT and Smart Corporate Communications First Vice President and Group Head Cathy Yang stated their 70 million members need only set aside three minutes.
On the other hand, Yoly Crisanto, Globe Group’s chief sustainability and corporate communications officer, has stated that the company built its own website not too long ago but shut it down to make some system improvements.