Several Retailers Still Sell Mobile SIM Cards Without Asking for IDs
Despite the new national requirement that requires wholesalers and retailers for mobile phone SIM cards to ask for the buyer’s identification some are still selling without asking for any. China implemented the real name system registration that required all those who purchase to provide identification when getting mobile phone services.
The system was intended to protect the rights of mobile subscribers and providers as well as safeguard the security of the network information. Recent survey has shown that there are still counters that sell SIM cards without asking for identification, one counter owner said that if you allow them to activate your new card within the capacity of the company then you can use it without showing identification or trouble.
One employee of China Unicom sales counter was seen offering to use his own ID card to purchase the mobile SIM card, once purchased and activated he transfer ownership to the customer. The employee also said that you can also use a friends’ ID card or a relative when purchasing SIM cards. Other were seen buying SIM cards then sending a false name and ID number to the mobile operator’s service number using their mobile phones and still they get registered into the system.
One expert says that it will be difficult to convince existing users to register their real name unless they will be forced by the operators using measures such as service suspension. But operators are not willing to take the risk of using forceful measures that will risk damaging the interest of consumers. Thus most mobile service providers are constantly sending text messages or calling it users urging them to register their real name a unlikely strategy that proves to be ineffective.