Mandatory SIM Card Registration Requirement – Philippines

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  2. I guess when you go to extend your visa after your initial arrival, you go to your phone cie to tell them and kerp your number.

  3. This is actually very common in other countries (Colombia, India, etc.) The Philippines was always the exception, rather than the rule. But how people will get around this is the eSIM providers. Physical SIM cards are going to become obsolete.

  4. Any country that I have been to and bought a SIM require ID and passport if not your home country. This is catching up with the rest of the world. The over the top bit is linking it your Visa, but would work if you could keep renewing visa and SIM at the same time.

  5. In Australia …if you decide to change your phone company ….the new provider MUST allow you to keep your old phone number by LAW! if you wish to do so. …….. also it is illegal to charge you for that privilege!

  6. Forgeiners you save your contacts in google account. You keep them but they need your new phone number!

  7. I remember the “no call list” in the US a few years ago. How did that turn out? This will go the same way.

  8. The last few minutes is the key point it seems. The many scams really hurt many Filipinos, who can least afford it.

  9. This is still new so there are TONS of issues to be worked out…I think u assessed this issue but wanted to clarify…

    If I am SRRV holder and live in PH for 5-8 months at a time, do I need to register my T-Mobile SIM card if I am operating in roaming mode?

    I believe that is what u mentioned but wanted to get some clarification on that. I also saw the original article and it was not very clear on how that would work.

    Thanks again for the great info that you always put out……

  10. Hello Henry and it seems all the time, that the Philippines Government takes 1 step forward and 3 steps back on everything they do. Glad I’m going to Thailand soon in April and won’t be dealing with the Philippines! Stay safe and hope your family and Vi are safe!

  11. I never use cell service anyways. I just Hotspot off my wife’s phone and use wifi when available.

  12. Everyone who has nothing to hide has no problem with registration of SIM card. Those individuals who are living on the edge of legal activity or other side of legal living (including conspiracy theory people) create all the problem with this new law. A little tip: If You are using a smartphone, you have already given all Your information to Your mobile operator and government. I used to work for a while at mobile SIM card company, so I know what I’m talking about.

  13. New SIM ever 30 days is not a big expense it’s just a big hassle. Luckily for me just got my SRRV.

  14. Looks like if u start bad mouthing the Philippines or criticizing the Government, they will know it`s you!!

  15. Thank´s for Info Reeckay. In former times all was so easy. No complain but fact is still spending holiday in Thailand.

  16. Does this affect Smart numbers? Probably, but I assume I will have to register my number as soon as I get back to Cebu in February. Frustrating yes, but to use my Canada number as roaming, forget it. Worst case is just relying on WiFi only thus rendering your number useless.

  17. The next logical step is then the introduction of a tax, on phone ownership once everybody has been forced to register their sim, the lawyers must have been really hard at work on thiis. In the “western” world a mobile phone can also be easily traced by its individual IMEI number, as the “bad” people typically have a good supply of sim cards, and numbers can be easily cloned!!

  18. What is the implication for getting a gcash account? Doesn’t it require a valid Philippines number?

  19. The PI govt is going to find out real soon how unwieldy this is going to get. If this ends up requiring a new phone number every 30-60-180 days, then a postpaid plan might be a better option if expats are going to stay on a tourist visa for an extended period.

  20. Thanks for the info bro. Lol how did you know I needed this. I was gonna go with Globe. What’s your opinion of them?

  21. Philippines will continue to sputter out at this point. Inept morons run the place into the ground without even blinking. This is their response to scams? Just lazy

  22. the only 2 ways i see around this are;

    use a roaming phone plan from your home country. (like Tmobile roaming, Google Pixel global plan, etc.)
    don’t have a SIM card in the PH. just use whatever wifi signal is available to message using an app. but you won’t have a wifi signal everywhere you go. only at home or where it’s available in a resto or airport.

  23. Having to get a new SIM card every 30 days sounds crazy. There’s so many guys living over there on tourist visas that keep extending for 3 years. So they’re going to have to get a new SIM card and transfer all their phone numbers, etc . What a hassle.

  24. Hello Reekay , i have heard when you do a Visa extension , you can use that extension to extend your sim card to keep the same number ,, still a pain in the Azz but hopefully they will find out how bad this is going to be for fournier`s and make some changes . My USA , T Mobile 55+ plan works in the Philippines just fine it`s $50 a month , includes internet , texting , .25 a minute for calls , “but free with WIFI calling” , the bad thing is , you need a Philippines number to use Gcash , Grab

  25. Being a Balikbayan I am hoping it’s a one time registration for me. I spend 6 months here and 6 there every year and need my sim available for Philippine banking verification code. Someone holds my SIM card just for this as I am back in states. I could imagine the hassle with Metro Bank having to change my # every month.

  26. This Way too much, is a lot of horse sh…. Just would like to know what is the purpose of this .

  27. This can only get worse, not better. The Philippines is becoming a full on Communist Police State. The worst part is almost all Filipinos just follow whatever the Government tells them to do. They never know how to say NO. This is about control, not about scammers. That is just what they are telling everyone to get people to comply willingly. Giving up all your private info to sim card registration including your passport number and info is horrible.

  28. So this also applies to those who live here already? I’ve been here for five years. I have an SRRV.

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