Two days till sim cut-off

2011-06-28 13:19

Cellphone users have two days left to register sim card devices with their service provider, Vodacom said today.

“Come July 1, sims that have not been registered will be locked, including the data sim in your computer modem that is keeping you connected to the internet,” the cellphone company said in a statement.

All devices using subscriber information module (sim) cards would be affected, including home alarm systems that communicate with security companies, tracking devices and pre-paid electricity meters.

Handheld point-of-sale devices at businesses, restaurants and petrol stations also needed to be registered.

The Regulation of Interception of Communications Act (Rica) requires cellphone users to register with their service providers, as well as provide proof of residence and copies of their identify documents.

The act allows for the lawful interception of phone calls, SMSes and emails.

Rica is applicable to both prepaid and contract users.

Contract customers who had not registered after the cut-off date would still have to pay their contract, even if the sim was locked.

“In preparation for the last minute Rica rush we have made special provisions, like setting up registration centres in schools, townships and taxi ranks.”

The company said it had about one million sims on its network that still needed to be registered.

The communications department said on Thursday that more than 90% of the country’s phone users had registered their sim cards in terms of Rica.

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