Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Holding Multiple SIM cards may land you in trouble

TRAI has earlier directed a subscriber shouldn't have more than 9 SIMS and further their SIMS to be deactivated by the concern Telecom operators. 

Latest rules regarding holding
SIMS have  came into effect on Friday with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) amending the customer verification norms for mobile phone users. Scores of subscribers have multiple SIMs with several owning more than 100, a government official said. Telecom companies, desperate to add subscribers, have been lenient in checking multiple connections and do not verify credentials of such users.

According to industry insiders, there are almost 25-30 per inactive connections out of the total 94 crore mobile phone subscriber base as revealed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai). The inactive connections were mostly owned by subscribers who had multiple SIM cards.

DoT official said " Obviously, subscribers are being added but number of disconnections of inactive SIMs are more. Mobile numbers are precious and should be judicially utilised"


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