NBTC releases smart phone app for pre-paid users to register their sim card

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BANGKOK, 28 June 2014  – The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) is urging users of pre-paid mobile phone services to register their sim cards through a new smart phone application to prevent their phone numbers from being used to commit a crime. 

NBTC Secretary-General Thakon Tanthasit said that there are about 90 million mobile phone numbers of the pre-paid type, but most of the owners haven’t registered their numbers. This allows criminals to easily exploit the numbers for use in illicit activities. Therefore, the NBTC has created the “Song Chae” or ‘two snaps’ application to allow pre-paid users greater convenience in registering both old and new sim cards.

Mr. Thakon said the application won’t store the user’s information inside the phone; the data will instead be stored by the mobile phone service providers.

Foreigners may also register, by using either their passport or Thai-issued alien I.D. cards.