Saudi Police Clamp Down on Unauthorised SIM Card Sales
Published on: 12th Mar 2014
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Police in the Saudi city of Jeddah have raided a number of mobile phone retailers that were accused of selling SIM cards without sufficient proof of identify from the buyers.
It had been claimed that sales of unauthorised SIM Cards had surged in recent months, despite a previous clamp-down on the activity. It's claimed that the presence of large numbers of illegal workers has made this a very profitable business for the retailers.
The telecoms regulator says that people can only buy SIM Cards by producing their residency permits.
There is however a black-market trade where a legitimate person buys up to the permitted 10 SIM Cards at a time, then resells them onto other people.