SIM Reverification Stats: 85 Million SIMs Processed, Another 18 Million Still Pending Verification

Mobile phone companies have processed 85 million SIMs for re-verification through biometric verification system, suggests latest data made available to ProPakistani.

According to data made available to ProPakistani, mobile phone companies have successfully verified 74 million SIMs during two and half month re-verification drive that is going to end on April 13th, 2015.

Another 11 million SIMs were blocked as they were disowned by their owners.

Unverified SIMs will get blocked after April 12th, 2015, and this deadline won’t extend

With this number, another 18 million SIMs are still pending verification, for which mobile phone companies have another 15 or so days to complete the re-verification process.

At the end of re-verification drive i.e. after April 13th, 2015, all un-verified SIMs will get blocked, and customers owning those SIMs will have to get their SIMs replaced by paying extra fee for SIM replacement to reinstate their numbers.

Also Read: Ufone Announces Sim Verification Process for Overseas Pakistanis

Market sources tell that number of re-verifications per day have now dropped to below 200,000 instances per day, as compared to an average of 1.5 million per day that telcos had maintained before February 26th, 2015.

Officials of mobile phone companies say that they are putting all possible efforts to ensure that maximum number of customers are reverified before the deadline. Officials told ProPakistani that mobile phone companies are now focusing on rural areas, especially in Southern Punjab and Internal Sindh. High paying customers who have not re-verified SIMs are being approached in person now.

Mobile phone companies are fearing that they may have to face extreme conditions after the deadline as millions of SIMs will get blocked and all such customers will at once head to franchises/service centres for restoration of their services.

These millions of customers with blocked SIMs would naturally want to get their connections restored with-in no time and that is when the support system of mobile phone companies is likely to get choked.

Market experts suggest that at least 10-12 million SIMs will never get re-verified as these connections are either dormant, or used by voice exchanges, spammers and those who send Benazir income support messages.

Data shared with ProPakistani reveal that Mobilink is leading the charts with Telenor at second position.

Check below graphs for more insights:

Verified_SIMs_March_23

Below are details about unique number of CNICs that telecom operators have verified. In other words these are unique number of customers for each operator.

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


  • Sohail

    I had verified my Telenor SIM by visiting Lahore main CSC and also got the SMS that your number has been verified but now checked from Telenor helpline and its unverified o_O

    • BadarUI

      Same happens from my Telenor sim

      • adnan

        mere sath bhi aisa hi hua

        • Neo

          Its better to leave Telenor & switch to some other network. I did the same thing.

          • BadarUI

            Telenor is only good for their 3g service

          • Ahmed

            agreed and quality is only with Warid now its proved

    • Abdullah

      Telenor netwrok is pathetic

    • Ahmad Khan Sabri

      Same with my mobilink sim

    • Masab

      Just drop an email on company head quarter’s official email address: [email protected]

      They help a lot in addressing any such grievances.

  • Epakistani

    Cant get my number bio-metric verified cz my number is on mnp and i cant find the person on which was registered initially.
    I told them transfer the number to my name they said we cant bring that person i even have his original nic.
    Operator: Mobilink

    • Bilal Iqbal

      port back to original operator and get it transfered to ur name…

      • Epakistani

        U cant port back as they need bio metrically verified sim to port out.

        • Bilal Iqbal

          Hmmm…

    • abc

      U have the person’s original CNIC but cant find the person? Who are you seriousy?

      • Epakistani

        He was my driver he left. So what can i do.

        • XYZ

          Block the old sim & get a new number.

    • Nabeel

      If it does not get deleted, sell me this number after the deadline :-)

  • Hunzala Ahmad

    According to experts 10 -12million cant be verified… So only almost 7 million remaining and operator’s have almost 15 days … I think 3-2 million legitimate sims will be blocked after deadline…

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