MIC limits number of subscriptions to pre-paid SIMs

30 Jun 2009

Local newspaper Thanh Nien Daily reports that Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has ruled that individuals must only subscribe to a maximum of three pre-paid SIM cards from each mobile network provider. The new regulations also ban subscribers from using other people’s names, dates of birth and ID cards or passport numbers to buy pre-paid SIMs with exception of parents or guardians registering for users below the age of 14. According to the report, a government decree released in May states that from 15 July, anyone caught using another person’s ID card number to register a SIM card will be fined from VND2 million-VND5 million (USD117-USD292) and from 1 January 2010, anyone caught falsifying information on their registration forms will have the service cut off. Service providers and retailers are also barred from activating SIM cards when the subscribers have not registered their information, and from disclosing or using the information for illegal purposes.