Proposed fee aims to encourage SIM registration

21 Aug 2012

Vietnam’s Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) is considering charging at least VND40,000 (USD1.9) to activate and start using a new SIM card, Viet Nam News cites the deputy director of the MIC’s department of telecommunications, Nguyen Van Tru, as saying. ‘The fees include phone number registration as well as new subscriber identity module (SIM) cards, which will only be charged for once, in a move to end the current wave of unregistered SIM cards which are causing a shortage of phone numbers in Vietnam,’ Tru said. In an earlier effort to tighten up the rules governing SIM ownership, the government banned the sale of activated SIM cards, and restricted an individual from owning more than three SIMs per operator.