After the grace period for SIM card registration expired, the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) announced that as of Sunday, July 30, 2023, 113,969,014 million SIM cards have been registered
Over 54 million unregistered SIM cards have been deactivated in the Philippines as of July 30, 2023. This is because the deadline for SIM registration passed on July 25, 2023.
Smart Communications has registered 79.18% of its SIM cards, Globe Telecom has registered 61.94%, and Dito Telecommunity has registered 51.72%.
Some people are unfazed by the deactivation of their SIM cards, as they no longer use voice calls, text messaging, or data surfing. They instead use Wi-Fi.
However, those who still use their SIM cards for mobile services will need to purchase and register a new SIM card. They will also lose access to their electronic wallets and mobile prepaid load and promos.
The funds inside the e-wallets will remain intact, but users must present proof of ownership to their telco provider in order for the money to be transferred to a new mobile number.
It is important to note that both incoming and outgoing messages and calls are no longer possible when a SIM is deactivated. If you are a postpaid subscriber, you do not need to register your SIM card, as postpaid subscribers are autoregistered.