Singapore to Slash Limit on PrePay SIM Card Ownership
Published on: 1st Apr 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
Singapore's telecoms regulator has announced that it is cutting the number of PrePay SIM cards any single person can own to just three cards. The limit introduced in 2005 had been up to 10 cards per person aged at least 15 years old.
The change was introduced as part of the Government's ongoing security review, and requested by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
The telecoms regulator said that this revised limit will reduce the security risks associated with the anonymous use of prepaid SIM cards. It claimed that this revised limit makes it more onerous for errant dealers to sell prepaid SIM cards that could potentially be used for such illegal activities.
In determining this new limit, MHA and IDA have consulted the mobile service providers and taken into consideration the prevailing prepaid SIM card ownership patterns among consumers. The majority of prepaid SIM card subscribers today hold three or fewer prepaid SIM cards.
The new limit will only be applied to new prepaid SIM card registrations. Existing subscribers can continue to use their prepaid SIM cards. However, they will not be allowed to register additional prepaid SIM cards.
In addition to the above changes, Singaporeans will now be allowed to use their passports to register for prepaid SIM cards, in addition to NRICs.