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SIM card ID rules flouted

By Ding Yining  (China Daily)

11:31, November 21, 2011

City vendors are selling cellphone SIM cards without asking customers for identity details, as required by law, a Shanghai Daily investigation has discovered.

A real-name registration policy was introduced more than a year ago to tackle cellphone scamming.

Shanghai Daily found that in one grocery in Zhabei District China Mobile's pre-paid SIM cards are available from 50 yuan (US$7.80) to 100 yuan, without any identification documents being required.

And some vendors selling pre-paid SIM cards at online shopping site Taobao do not ask buyers for their ID card.

Instead, they use fake names and ID card numbers automatically generated by software that are accepted by telecom operators' systems.

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helen at 2011-11-21141.0.8.*
Immediate online registration and severe penalties should be the solution.
  

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