Authorities hope pre-pay register will quell use of mobile-triggered bombs

11 May 2005

Thai mobile users purchasing pre-paid mobile SIM cards must now register their identities with network operators as part of the government’s attempts to crack down on terror attacks in the south of the country. From yesterday, anybody buying a SIM must present an ID card or passport so that they can be added to a national register of pre-paid users. The database has been created following a recent spate of explosions caused by bombs triggered from mobile phones. The Thai authorities have yet to come up with a plan for registering the identities of the country’s 21.5 million existing pre-paid mobile users.