Million Vodacom users not registered

2011-06-29 06:43

Johannesburg - Shortly before the RICA (Regulation of Interception of Communication Act) deadline of June 30, mobile operator Vodacom Group [JSE:VOD] says that approximately one million SIMs on its network still need to be registered.

The group warned that SIMs not registered in time would be locked, "including the data SIM in your computer modem that is keeping you connected to the internet".

Vodacom stressed that all devices that used a SIM would be affected, even those that may not be obvious. "For example, home alarm systems use SIMs to communicate with security companies and electronic gates at some complexes use SIM technology to contact residents on their cell phones to alert them to visitors," it said.

"The actual registering process takes only a couple of minutes to complete and with over 170 000 Vodacom RICA agents in convenient locations across SA, there is no reason not to register before the June 30," said Portia Maurice, Vodacom's chief officer of corporate affairs.

Contract customers who had not registered would still remain liable to pay their contract, even if the SIM was locked, Maurice warned.

In preparation for the last minute Rica rush Vodacom said it had made special provisions like setting up registration centres in schools, townships and taxi ranks.


  • Frungy - 2011-06-29 07:56

    And after all this effort criminals will buy SIM cards from Zimbabwe, the Congo, etc, and use them on global roaming in S.A. ... this is just the gun registration nonsense again. Only honest citizens will register and the criminals will continue to flaunt the rules.

      masquerade - 2011-06-29 10:10

      You are ignorant dude. In the two countries you mention you can't use a SIM until it is registered. Get your facts right.

  • deminimus - 2011-06-29 08:23

    Only a million unregistered. Is that how many have been stolen in SA. Keep them switched off so it is not worth stealing a phone.

  • Mega - 2011-06-29 08:51

    I ricad yesterday still waiting for the free airtime promised. It seems to me that Vodacom uses false advertising, very nice.

      Jason - 2011-07-01 11:24

      you'll get it don't worry...all our consultants are having tea and some went for the premiere of cars and also thinks pirates are having a game on today??...we expect them back in the office soon!!

  • BigMoose - 2011-06-29 09:17

    Hello? Hello? Can you hear me? Typical South Africans. Couldn't keep to a deadline if their lives depended on it.

      evanknowles - 2011-06-29 22:49

      I RICA'd months ago. What's that? They lost my paperwork? Nice.

      Jason - 2011-07-01 11:20

      is there anybody out....there???

      pierreedge - 2011-07-01 16:12

      yes i cant hear you, i haven't and i wont. i dont like people forcing me to do things i dont agree with. so take your typical comment and sit on it.

  • The Flying Circus - 2011-06-29 13:07

    2 sides to this whole matter. 1. Is the claim that it is to cut down on criminal activities. 2. Is the conspiracy theory that it is the government playing "big brother" Make up your own minds.

  • vincent huisman - 2011-06-29 23:13

    Looks like a million users are done with vodacom

  • Karen - 2011-06-30 21:46

    My service has been down all day. I still can not even send a sms to check if I am indeed RICA'd although I am pretty sure I am. Vodacom announced just after 8 that their services are restored, it it now 9:43pm and still no luck here. You can not even call the Vodacom help line from a nother phone and your call is ended before you can speak to a consultant.

  • Jason - 2011-07-01 11:18

    they were some of the enlightened ones chucking their sims in the dustbin ...suddenly there subscriber figures doesn't look that good...some free sim cards,calls,internet and sms bundles on there way this space boys!!

  • pierreedge - 2011-07-01 16:08

    Portia, you say there is no reason not to register before the June 30, i reply by saying there is no reason to register before the June 30 or whenever. Making such a big show with promotions and prizes for people who rica (without even knowing clearly why) makes a farce of the whole thing. The way i see it is another 911 paranoia induced consequence like the fact i cant take my contact lense solution on a plane for instance. We live in amazing times, someone decides millions of people must do something and they all go do it like sheeps, good thing thhere are a small million in the resistance

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