Foreigners also Required to Show Identification when Purchasing SIM Cards
China started to implement the real name system which requires buyers to present identification when buying mobile phone SIM cards from mobile service providers. This measure also applies to local expats as well as they need to present their passports.
The new measure is intended to protect the rights of telecom service subscribers and providers and to protect the security of network information. For those who have already purchased SIM cards are encouraged to go to the nearest mobile provider and submit their personal information. Those applying for new mobile services will be asked to provide personal information and provide identification as well.
Based on a report given by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, there are more than 200 million mobile phone users that didn’t provide personal information in March of 2010 when the ministry started the proposed real name system registration for mobile phone users. Real name system registration is also being used in other countries in such as Japan and the United States.
Service providers will be fined between 10,000 yuan to 30,000 when they fail to get a buyer’s personal information.