Unregistered SIM card users to lose connectivity starting midnight of July 26

Users of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards who have yet to register will lose connectivity starting midnight of July 26, the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) warned.

(Courtesy of DICT)

“Please, magpa-rehistro na kayo dahil by 12:01 of July 26 wala na pong connectivity ang mga hindi nagpa-register ng SIM card (Please register because at 12:01 a.m of July 26, unregistered SIM cards will lose their connectivity),” said DICT Chief Ivan John Uy.

The extended period for SIM card registration will end on July 25.

DICT has repeatedly mentioned that there will be no additional extension for the SIM registration which originally started in December last year until April this year.

Users who will fail to register their SIM cards on or before the extended deadline will have their cards deactivated, according to DICT.

Once a SIM card is deactivated, the user will not be able to make outgoing calls and receive incoming calls.

Deactivated cards will also be unable to receive or send text messages either.

Worst, the remaining load balance in the unregistered SIM card will also be “forfeited.”

National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) Deputy Commissioner Jon Paulo Salvahan also explained that unregistered users with electronic wallets (e-wallets) will not be able to access their accounts.

Since most e-wallets require active mobile phone numbers where they can send the One-Time Password (OTP) or password for security purposes, having a deactivated SIM card means losing access to your account

Unregistered SIM users, Salvahan said, are “unable to access it (e-wallet) without first registering their SIM card.”

He added that e-wallets associated with SIM cards will be temporarily deactivated until these are registered.



Don’t give or sell personal information

Meanwhile, Uy warned the public just in case they sell or give their personal information to others.

"Kasama po kayo sa huhulihin (you are among the suspects to be arrested), Uy said.

"At oras na malaman na boluntaryo niyo pong ibinigay o ibinenta ang inyong identity upang magamit itong mga crimenal na ito, automatic accessory (If the authority found out that the identity was given voluntarily or has been sold, the one who gave it will automatically became accessory in the crime),"

"Kung ibinigay niyo sa iba yan, or ibinenta niyo yan sa iba at ginamit po yan sa criminal activity mahahatak po kayo sa imbestigasyon (If you gave it to someone else, or sell it to someone else and use it in a criminal activity, you will be dragged into the investigation)," he added. (Sonny Daanoy)