The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has warned the public against selling pre-registered SIM cards that are apparently being sold in the black market.

Jon Paulo Salvahan, NTC Deputy Commissioner, reminded the people who are planning to sell their registered SIM cards that they will be held responsible for any actions their SIM cards will be used for.


As you know, the SIM registration process involves submitting your personal details like name, address, and more. Once registered, it means that your SIM card will be yours and under your name.

That said, if you sell your SIM card and it was used to commit crimes, it will be you that will be facing the possible repercussions. One of the main goals of the SIM Registration Act is to help curb scams and cybercrime by identifying the owner of a mobile number.

Moreover, the NTC said that 10.47% or over 17 million of the total 168 million active SIM cards in the Philippines have already been registered as of January 11.

To expedite the process and assist Filipinos, the NTC will coordinate with other agencies to make SIM registration accessible to remote areas with poor internet and communications services.

In fact, the NTC, together with telcos, have already gone to a Masantol, Pampanga island to help its people register their SIM cards.

The NTC aims to have a list of remote areas by Monday.

Furthermore, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has also reminded the public of the SIM registration deadline, which will be on April 26, 2023, that’s 180 days since its rollout last December 27.

If you haven’t already, here’s a guide on how you can register your Globe, Smart, or DITO SIM card.

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