1 The deadline of 1 May 2006 for re-registering prepaid SIM cards is drawing near. Deactivation of all un-registered prepaid SIM cards will commence from 2 May 2006. Prepaid SIM cards users are reminded to re-register their prepaid cards before 1 May 2006, if they have not done so already. So far more than 450,000 numbers of prepaid cards have been re-registered. This amounts to 43 percent of the estimated total number of prepaid SIM cards sold before Nov 2005.
2 The registration of prepaid SIM cards is part of an ongoing and holistic review by the Government to boost Singapore's security. The Ministry of Home Affairs, in collaboration with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, has been working with the mobile service providers to register all prepaid SIM cards.
3 Since the announcement in Oct 2005, there have been various efforts to boost awareness of the need to re-register prepaid SIM cards. Latest efforts include the distribution of colourful multi-language flyers - in English, Chinese, Malay, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Tagalog, Tamil, Hindi, Bengali, Sinhala and Burmese - to foreign workers at their dormitories since the last week of March 2006. These flyers have also been placed at the shopfronts of the three Service Providers: M1, SingTel and StarHub. The three Service Providers have also introduced bonus top-ups to encourage subscribers to re-register their prepaid SIM cards.
4 Re-registration can be done at any of the 1,400 retail shops that sell prepaid SIM cards from their respective service providers, around Singapore. When re-registeringexisting or buying new SIM cards, the following documents must be shown:
- Singaporeans: Pink identity cards
- Singapore Permanent Residents: Blue identity cards
- National Servicemen: SAF11 B, SPF11 B and SCDF11 B
- Foreign Workers: Work Permit Identification Cards (issued from 3 May 1999)
- Foreign Visitors: Passports
5 For enquiries on the locations of the retail shops to re-register, the public can contact the Service Providers at the following numbers: -
a) Mcard (MobileOne)
b) Hi!Card (SingTel)
c) Green Prepaid (StarHub)
Ministry of Home Affairs / Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
12 April 06