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What you need to know about SIM card registration

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, October 31, 2017  /  06:19 pm
What you need to know about SIM card registration

Alternatively, prepaid SIM card holders can also register via their operators’ websites. (Shutterstock/File)

Following the Communications and Information Ministry's regulation on mobile phone numbers, prepaid SIM card users are now required to register their numbers, starting from Oct. 31 to Feb. 28, 2018.

The program is supported by cellular service operators, which means you can register via SMS or the operators' websites.

Here’s a guide on how to register your phone number:

How do I register?

Smartphone users with old numbers need to send their identity card number (NIK) and family card (KK) number via SMS to 4444.

As for foreigners, Tribun Jogja reported that they can send their passport number and temporary stay permit (KITAS) or permanent stay permit (KITAP) number via SMS to 4444.

Alternatively, prepaid SIM card holders can also register via their operators’ websites.

Read also: Registration of phone numbers officially starts today

Why do I need to register my phone number?

According to kompas.com, the regulation is intended to protect SIM card holders from crimes committed using mobile phones and to prevent their phone numbers from being misused.

How many phone numbers can I have?

One person can have a maximum of three phone numbers. Those who need extra mobile phone numbers may apply for them at an operator’s outlets.

What would happen if I failed to register?

After Feb. 28, 2018, new users would not be able to activate their mobile phone number without registering it. Meanwhile, those with existing phone numbers will have an additional 15 days to register. However, should they fail to do so, their numbers would be from receiving calls and SMS services. (jes/kes)

Here’s a guide on how to register your phone number.Here’s a guide on how to register your phone number. (JP/Sandy Riady Hasan)