NTC Reminds the Public that Sim Card Registration is Free

NTC Warns Public Against Sim Card Registration Free and Has Charge

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) reminded the public that sim card registration is absolutely free.

Following allegations that some individuals are demanding payment in exchange for assistance, the NTC reminded the public that SIM registration is free. According to NTC Deputy Commissioner Jon Paulo Salvahan, the NTC has received complaints that some persons charge as little as P10 to assist others.

“We reminded the public po, libre ang SIM registration. Wala pong charge dapat ito. Pinag-iingat po namin ang ating kababayan sa mga nag-aalok ng tulong na yan lalo na yung private individual dahil sinusumite niyo po sa kanila ang inyong personal data,” he told CNN Philippines’ Newsroom Ngayon.

Sim Card Registration Free

Salvahan confirmed that the April 26 deadline applies solely to currently activated SIM cards. Those who buy new SIM cards after the deadline can still register and activate them once the process is finished.

Telecommunications companies Globe, Smart, and DITO provide aided registration facilities in several areas of the country, including their mall stores. According to the corporations, certain local government units (LGUs) are also supporting residents with SIM registration.

As of April 23, only 82,845,397 SIM cards, or 49.31% of the total 168 million SIM cards, have been registered. According to Salvahan, the NTC met with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and telco companies on Monday to discuss a variety of topics, including the possibility of extending the April 26 deadline. Salvahan advised waiting for the DICT’s announcement on the subject.

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