UAE SIM re-registration deadline looms

Mobile users have until January 17 to register their SIM cards or risk disconnection
By Claire Valdini
Thu 10 Jan 2013 11:09 AM

UAE mobile users have one
week to re-register their SIM cards or risk being disconnected.

Residents across the UAE
have until January 17 to register their SIM cards as part of a Telecommunications
Regulatory Authority (TRA) clampdown on illegal SIM cards and phones.

The TRA was forced to extend
the deadline in October after du and Etisalat “were unable to provide smooth
mechanisms to facilitate, accelerate and stimulate subscribers to update their
data”.

Users can register their SIM
cards by taking their passport or national ID to du or Etisalat registration
points.

“Mobile phone subscribers
are expected to fully update their data and ensure that the SIM cards they’re
using are registered under their names,” authorities said in July.

Operator Etisalat has 105
registration points across the UAE while du has 46, said the TRA.

“[Re-registration] prevents
any unauthorised or criminal usage of SIM cards and helps in curbing legal or
social violations besides reducing frauds that have been noticed during the
last few years,” the TRA said.

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