What happens if the SIM card is not registered?

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Over 20.4 million Filipinos have now registered their SIMs since the telecoms started their SIM Registration systems on December 27; Smart subscribers lead the pack with 10.3 million registrants as of January 16.

All subscribers have until April 26, 2023 (a period of 180 days) to register their subscriber identity modules (SIMs) with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT). The DICT may grant an extension of the registration for a period not to exceed 120 days.

If you don't activate your SIM card before the deadline, what will happen? According to the SIM Registration Law, all SIM cards that have not been registered are required to be automatically disabled, which results in a number of inconveniences, including the following:


1. There are no calls going out or coming in. You are unable to make or receive calls from or to anyone, even your loved ones, coworkers, and clients, who may need to reach you immediately.

2. There will be no messaging back and forth. Not only will you be cut off from your loved ones via text, but you also won't be able to access the One-Time Password (OTP) that is required to access the many websites, applications, and services that you use for online banking, shopping, and social media.

3. Can't get online at all. In today's highly digitalized society, access to the Internet is crucial. Not only can you not use the internet to access your favorite apps and websites, but you also lose access to vital resources that make your daily life easier.

4. Absolutely no load balancing. If you disable your SIM card, any unused load funds will be lost.


However, users whose SIMs were deactivated because they were not activated within the allotted time still have until five days after the deadline (as stipulated by law) to request reactivation.

By registering your Smart and TNT SIM card today, you can avoid all of these problems in the future.

Registering your Smart and TNT SIM immediately will save you from all of these problems in the future. Those who subscribe to Smart Prepaid or TNT can follow these three simple steps to register their SIM card and receive 3 GB of FREE data. 

Step 1. Visit the portal at http://www.smart.com.ph/simreg    

Step 2. Input your information and upload your valid ID  

Step 3. Wait for an SMS confirmation and get 3 GB FREE Data


In addition, Smart is streamlining SIM Registration for postpaid customers by requiring them to verify only the identity documents and personal information they originally provided when signing up for a postpaid plan. Subscribers can confirm their information by sending the text message YES to the number 5858. Smart will confirm their successful SIM registration with a text message and provide them with 3 GB of free data.

By activating your SIM now, you can keep taking advantage of Smart's and TNT's incredible deals and services, made possible by the largest LTE network in the country.

Know more about registering your Smart and TNT SIM at https://smart.com.ph/Pages/simreg-faqs.

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