Last chance for Bahrain’s shyest SIM owners to reveal themselves

3 Sep 2010

Pre-paid mobile phone users in Bahrain who failed to register their details by last month’s deadline will be given a final chance to come forward before their SIM cards are permanently disconnected, TradeArabia News Service reports. The country’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) confirmed that some customers had already had their services suspended, but claimed the figure was ‘nothing like’ the 400,000 SIMs quoted in press reports. A TRA spokesman said: ‘We are not sure of the exact number yet because we have not received the full reports from the operators. They have been given a week to suspend all unregistered pre-paid services. Although the TRA’s original crackdown on anonymous SIMs reportedly yielded a 95% registration rate by end-December 2009, the regulator relaunched the campaign with a new cut-off point of 31 August 2010; owners of suspended phone numbers, however, have three months from that date to come forward before their account is cancelled permanently.