The SIM Registration Act requires the registration of all SIMs, including those in card and electronic form, as a prerequisite to activation. Under the measure, users of all mobile devices, including prepaid broadband devices, must register their SIMs.
The law is there to protect consumers from illegal activities such as scams, smishing, and other kinds of mobile phone and online fraud. These have proliferated because criminals are able to use prepaid SIMs without registering any of their personal information, and so they can use these SIMs without being identified and getting caught.
Under the law, all SIMs sold by telcos, authorized distributors or resellers will be in a deactivated state and will only be activated once the SIM buyer registers the SIM in the authorized registration platforms.
All existing mobile phone and broadband subscribers are given until April 26, 2023 to register their SIMs with their respective telco. The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) may extend the registration period for 120 days, though this has yet to be confirmed.