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 June 23, 2009  Business, Govt, Non-U.S.

The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has ordered all prepaid subscribers to register their SIM cards by providing their name, date of birth and ID card or passport number by Tuesday, June 30. The move is part of an effort to track down companies and individuals who send out large volumes of unsolicited text messages and to hold them accountable.

Network providers have been sending text messages and calling customers to inform them of the registration guidelines.


Meanwhile, representatives of Vinaphone, also under the Vietnam Post and Telecommunications Group, report 600,000 of their prepaid subscribers have not registered their SIM cards and are “unsure” about meeting the deadline.

Company officials also say many SIM cards have been registered using false information.

For instance, many have listed their year of birth as prior to 1800 or have provided a phony name or ID number, according to company representatives. However, such registration forms are still being entered as valid.

People who began using prepaid phones from the beginning of 2008 were required to register their SIM cards at the time of purchase, but many card retailers allowed customers to use false information or that of the retailers, the MIC reported early this year.

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