No Pre-Activated SIMs to be Sold after January 31st

We know that PTA in collaboration with cellular companies, had been working to takeout all pre-active SIMs from market in order to decrease sale of illegal SIMs. Today, ‘The News’ while citing PTA’s spokesman has reported that no pre-activated SIM would be sold after January 31st.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and cellular companies are almost done with planning to introduce ‘inactive SIMs’ in the market. The activation of SIMs will take place only after verification of subscriber’s information from NADRA.

Sale outlets like, franchises, retailers and cellular companies’ customer service centers will sell inactive SIMs. After selling the SIM, a call centre operator of the mobile company will make a call to the customer and will ask few questions to verify his particulars. If the answers are correct, the SIM will be activated. The system will be deployed all over the country by early 2009.

However, I am not sure how each and every sold number will be handled and activated by outbound calls instead of inbound ones. Furthermore, the process will also decrease the net addition in cellular subscribers per month for all cellular companies (which have already gone down to hit bottom limit).

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • Muhammad Usman Azam

    Hahahahhahahahahahaha……
    Neez desi makkhan b dastyaab hai
    Lolzzzzz
    Nice sense of humour….hehehe

  • Muhammad Zohair Chohan

    Hmmmm…. Whats the similarity in DESI MAKHAN and TELENOR connection…. This shopkeeper i think had invented new marketing dimension :D

  • Javed

    DECREASED INSTEAD OF INCREASE:

    A few months back when the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) the telecommunication regulatory body introduced SMS and On Line SIM Verification System, at least to me the first ever in practice public interest step, while thousands of people found many SIMs registered in their name without their knowledge I was the lucky one that against my name stood correctly only 2 Mobilink SIMs while my Warid one was missing. Last month in December 2009 I subscribed one additional Mobilink, one Ufone and one Telenor SIMs and as per procedure got those “activated”. Today 31st January 2010 the PTA system shows only 1 Mobilink SIM registered in my name viz instead of increasing to total 5 the number having decreased from the previous.

    2. It means the PTA On Line system introduced was either valid only for a short period then mid 2009 or as is usual with our functionaries after introducing a thing with much fan fare, no one is interested to keep the On Line system alive for some “obvious” reasons or PTA has no interest to observe that the mobile companies keep it updated with its record.

    3. In the name of “activation” by dialing directly 789 from the purchased SIM though a so called system has been introduced claiming it will omit any chance of misuse of SIM nevertheless the fact is through this system now it is more easy and more officially legalized for the culprits to get a SIM. Earlier it was not necessary to get the SIM registered. On establishment of On Line system last year thousands found SIMs in their name. All such illegal SIMs were issued by the active hand of mobile company concerned staff. Today eg a SIM company with whom I have legally got registered a SIM, the same staff can more easily pass on just verbally my name, CNIC number, mother name, date of birth to “anyone” who can get three SIMs in a minute in my name. It is the belief of this senior citizen based on his long life experience that no scheme will ever be introduced without including in it tactfully the hidden vested interest. PTA would not and can not dare annoy any mobile company in the so called name of “foreign investment” otherwise keeping in the view the general situation we today live in there is no, repeat no other whatsoever way, that a SIM is sold through a prescribed proforma which is signed and thumbed by the purchaser and signed by the staff of the company. This proforma be in duplicate one to remain with the company and one with PTA. Though it may look a bit complicated but in view of present circumstances such an inconvenience every one of us including the so called foreign investors are supposed to bear.